By Sang Ye, Miriam Lang, Geremie Randall Barmé
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That’s when I discovered, fuck me dead, most of it was 70, 80 percent new, and the type of thing that was in fashion at the time! The only damned problem was it was all filthy, and it stank to high heaven. I separated out the stuff that was too dirty to keep—things with oil stains or bloodstains or whatever—and sent it off to the recycling station. Then I mobilized my whole family to work with me to wash and iron the rest. We ended up with a fairly impressive wardrobe of clothes. Because there was so much, we left a lot of the second-grade stuff unwashed and sold it as it was.
It was one of the parties that had been active in what was called the Third Force of Chinese politics, that is, a political grouping that was neither Communist nor Nationalist (or Guomindang, KMT). We were about halfway through our formal dialogue, which I was recording, when an old friend of his dropped by. It turned out that the visitor was the head of the Central Party History Committee, the body empowered to write modern China’s history. He sat for a few minutes, listening to our conversation, before suddenly exploding.
Although I have my regrets, I have spent a happy and eventful number of years with China Candid and everyone who has traveled with me. I interviewed a man who had used the money he had made as a small trader to establish a private orphanage and take in over a dozen young children (chapter 6, “Looking Ahead”). His experience in life helped him see through my enthusiasm for his enterprise. He said to me, “You’ve come a long way and been through a lot to get here to see us. Of course, it means a great deal to our big family to have someone show such interest in us.