China: Gold Boughs and Jade Leaves: The Red Junior League

Thousands of young, college-educated girls are uprooted from China's great cities every year and sent off to the boondocks for the stint at manual labor that is demanded of intellectuals in Chairman Mao Tse-tung's domain. In Peking alone, 40,000 coeds from the class of '67 have been told to start new lives in frontier villages and communes far from the capital. A select few have been carefully exempted from that harsh regimen, however, and can be expected to remain so. Not surprisingly, they are daughters of the leadership—girls whom the Chinese, in...

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