RED CHINA: Soap Opera

The leading lady author of Red China, 51-year-old Ting Ling, last week was hard at work on a new job: scrubbing floors at the Peking headquarters of the Writers' Union. She was not alone. Many "distinguished professors," crowed Radio Peking, are now performing the same menial tasks as Ting Ling, in punishment for such crimes as "rightist activities, individualism and anti-party feeling."

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