Ying Ma on Life Under Mao and China’s Economic Miracle

“For a long time, people were not allowed to have dogs in the
city, because that was also a capitalist indulgence,” says Ying Ma,
author of the memoir Chinese
Girl in the Ghetto, which chronicles her childhood in
China’s final days of communism.Ma’s family lived through the crumbling of Maoism and the rise of
economic liberalism, and talked with Reason TV about the
dramatic changes that Chinese citizens saw in their everyday
lives. “For the first time, people got to choose where to work. For the
first time, they got to choose where to live. For the first time,
they actually got to choose what to buy on the market,” says
Ma. Ma also discusses the future of the Chinese economy and explains
why pundits like Thomas Friedman are mistaken to laud
China’s continued authoritarian rule. About 8 minutes.Interview by Nick Gillespie. Edited by Zach Weissmueller. Shot
by Josh Swain and Weissmueller. Additional camera by Sharif
Matar. Scroll below for downloadable versions, and subscribe to Reason
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Ying Ma on Life Under Mao and China’s Economic Miracle

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