Eight Outcasts (Paperback)

Social and Political Marginalization in China under Mao

By Yang Kuisong, Gregor Benton (Translated by), Ye Zhen (Translated by)

University of California Press, 9780520325289, 296pp.

Publication Date: December 17, 2019

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The 1949 Communist Revolution marked a period of earthshaking change in China. Political, economic, ideological, and cultural movements galvanized the country, culminating in dramatic social transformations at all levels, including the persecution of hundreds of thousands of the country’s citizens. Based on normally inaccessible records of confessions, interrogations, trial transcripts, and depositions, Eight Outcasts tells the stories of eight victims of the Maoist dictatorship. It introduces readers to individuals accused of infractions such as corruption, political wrong thinking, homosexuality, illicit sexual activity, foreign ties, or “historical problems” (connections to the former Kuomintang regime) in the period between the revolution and Mao’s death in 1976. Each chapter brings stories of China’s voiceless citizens to light, broadening our knowledge of this important transitional period.

About the Author

Yang Kuisong is Professor of History at Peking University and East China Normal University. 
Gregor Benton is Emeritus Professor of Modern Chinese History at Cardiff University. 
Ye Zhen is a lawyer and writer.