Journal article

Sick Returnees among China’s Sent-Down Youth and Contemporary Chinese Practices of Identity Performance

Jia Gao

East Asia: an international quarterly | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2021


China’s first cohort of the sent-down youth during the Cultural Revolution has since its early years attracted considerable research interest and been analysed from a few different viewpoints. However, the gradual retreat from executing the sent-down policy, especially bingtui (return to urban centres of origin because of medical reasons) as the then widely used tactic, and its long-term impact on people’s socio-political attitudes and behaviours have not been examined and evaluated adequately. This has resulted in a large discrepancy between the non-academic discourse of returning sent-down youth, including bingtui, and the academic literature on these aspects in both Chinese and English. A..

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