RED CHINA: Island Scene

Only 600 yards across the West River from the Portuguese colony of Macao lies a Red Chinese people's commune on Lappa Island, and across this narrow stretch of water last week could be seen a chilling glimpse behind the Bamboo Curtain.

The 20,000 inhabitants of Wanchai, a sleepy town opposite Macao's inner harbor, were summarily herded last July into 50 bamboo-and-nipa barracks, put to work building roads and a causeway to connect their island to the Red mainland. The Lappa commune's day starts at 5 a.m. when shrill whistles split the dawn. From 5 until 8, the men and women do...

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