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Interviewer: Hi. Thank you for accepting my interview.

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Hi.

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Interviewer: Could you tell me when were you born?

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Interviewer: You don’t need to say the exact year; just
the decade will do, such as “’60s,” “’70s,” “’80s,”
etc.

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I was born in the ’70s.

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Interviewer: The '70s. Could you tell me where you were
born and grew up in China?

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I lived in Daqing, Heilongjiang [Province], in northern
China.

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Interviewer: Have you heard of the historical incident,
the Cultural Revolution? Are you able to remember the first time [you heard
about it]?

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I feel like I know the term “Cultural Revolution,” but
I cannot remember when I first heard about it or knew this term.

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My feeling is that, as I grew up, there must have been
people who’d mention this term, including during class time.

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However, I do not have much memory about when I first
started encountering this term or knew what it was.

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Interviewer: Ah. You just mentioned you were born in
Daqing.

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Interviewer: So, have you ever heard the slogan,
“Industry learns from Daqing; Agriculture learns from Dazhai; the whole
nation learns from the People’s Liberation Army of China”?

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I’ve never heard it.

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I feel like...when I was growing up, my parents rarely
mentioned the Cultural Revolution or talked about [whether] they had
experienced any…shock or suffering, or anything like that.

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It seems like what they talked about more was the “three
years of natural disaster.”

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During that time, they never had enough to eat and tried
every possible way to find food.

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I have a deeper impression of this. It led to my parents
both being really hardworking and thrifty.

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However, I don’t have many memories regarding the
Cultural Revolution.

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Interviewer: So you mean that if they talked about any
historical event with you, it would be the “three years of natural
disasters,” right?

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Yes. Also, they said that they were always eating potatoes
and tree bark.

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They taught us that we should cherish food and be
satisfied with our current life, since we can buy whatever we want to eat
these days.

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Interviewer: In terms of the Cultural Revolution, they
don’t have too many negative memories, right?

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Right. At least, I don’t have any recollection that they
ever discussed circumstances during the Cultural Revolution with me.

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I feel like, actually, I don’t have much of an
impression. I’m not sure when I started knowing [about] the Cultural
Revolution. It could be I saw it on television.

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I just don’t have much of an impression about the
Cultural Revolution.

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Interviewer: I see. The slogan I mentioned
before—“Industry learns from Daqing…”—really left a deep
impression on [my generation].

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Interviewer: Daqing had very high historical position
during the Cultural Revolution.

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Interviewer: So, you were born in this place, but maybe
you don’t have much impression about this, probably because you were born
later.

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Interviewer: We all had a really deep impression [of
Daqing].

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Interviewer: So when you said you’re from Daqing, [I
immediately thought], “Industry learns from Daqing.”

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Interviewer: Now, if people bring up [the Cultural
Revolution], do you have an interest in understanding more about it?

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Actually, I don’t have much interest.

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From my point of view, this is something that happened long,
long ago, before I was even born. I’m not interested.

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Also, among the people around me, my parents and my
classmates, no one ever spontaneously brings up the Cultural
Revolution.

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At least, around me, that’s how it is.

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Interviewer: You also do not have many opportunities to
understand more about it.

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Interviewer: Probably you are not engaged in historical
research, social sciences and humanities, is that right?

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Right.

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Interviewer: I am glad to meet an interviewee who is from
Daqing.

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Interviewer: Thank you very much for accepting our
interview.

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You’re welcome.