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  • Hannah Kim

    I'm reading The Brothers Karamazov right now! What is everyone else reading?

    • Derek Francisco

      "Chinese Lessons" by John Pomfret. Very interesting book.

  • Lindsey Smith

    I've recently taken books out of the library, instead of renting them on my ipad. II read the book more. I think it is something about having the physical book in my hand. No idea though!

  • Derek Francisco

    Thanks everyone for joining me in this! I thought I might share a passage from "Chinese Lessons" by John Pomfret that stood out to me in my reading. If you'd like to share as well, it might be fun to discuss different thoughts and ideas!

    "I had heard and read countless stories from the victims of Chinese political campaigns. But before Zhou, I had never met anyone who acknowledged being a tormenter. 'In China,' Zhou said, ' one admits to torturing, and everyone says they were victims. But do the math. If we have so many victims, we've got to have a lot of torturers.' Zhou admitted to having no pangs of conscience for menacing neighbors, relatives, and teachers. 'I did what I was told and, being eleven, I liked it,' he said. I had never heard that before. To me, his unvarnished honesty was blood-chilling. He shared these feelings with me because I was his classmate. 'You need to understand this,' he lectured at one point, 'to understand where we've come from.'"

    • Derek Francisco

      For context, Zhou was speaking of his activities during the Cultural Revolution in China under Mao.