This is the second podcast in CET's "A Bridge to the Future" series designed to mark the 30th anniversary of CET Academic Programs in China. In these half-hour conversations, we aim to reflect on CET's involvement in educating generations of students who would go on to observe and drive China's astonishing record of modernization and development. The podcast series features conversations with reporters, scholars and experts on China looking back at the last thirty years of reform and opening up.

In the studio with David Moser this week is Zhang Lijia: writer, journalist and once munitions worker. From her humble origins producing ICBM components in a factory in Nanjing, Zhang taught herself English and participated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement, before moving to England for three years. She is best known as the author of the personal memoir "Socialism Is Great!", which talks about her experiences growing up in China in the 1980s.
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May 29, 2012
As promised, a quick note with some of the links mentioned in this podcast:

Socialism is Great:

Zhang Lijia's recent op-ed piece in the NYTimes:

David Moser's article about River Elegy:

Zhang Lijia's personal homepage: