Writer who witnessed China’s cultural revolution dies at 104

Christopher Rea, an associate professor of modern Chinese literature at UBC, was quoted in a New York Times obituary for the respected writer Yang Jiang who wrote about China’s cultural revolution.

“‘Six Chapters’ gave people a new sense of dignity,” Rea said of Yang’s famous memoir. “It helped them emerge from the Cultural Revolution as individuals, not just as victims.”

Rea edited a book on Ms. Yang’s and her husband’s writing. This story also appeared on the Boston Globe and the Globe and Mail.