Anchee Min —
Surviving the Religion of Mao

Author Anchee Min has won acclaim for her memoir of growing up in China under Mao Zedong. She's also written several works of fiction in which she explores the human hunger to survive against extreme social brutality. In this conversation, Anchee Min tells us what she learned about the human spirit in the forced labor camp in which she spent her teenage years, and how she's found healing in America.

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Anchee Min

was born in Shanghai in 1957. She came to the United States in 1984. She's the author of several books, including her memoir Red Azalea and, most recently, The Last Empress, a sequel to Empress Orchid.

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Mao Is the Reddest Sun

View a gallery of images of Chinese propaganda posters from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.

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Chinese vendor sits by an old poster of the Cultural Revolution period featuring a portrait of Chinese former leader Mao Zedong at a store in Beijing.

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