HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 21, 2009 – Dr. Peng Deng, professor of history at High Point University, recently presented a paper at the International Symposium on the Shangshanxiaxiang Movement, sponsored by Fudan University and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. The event was held Dec. 21-22 in Shanghai, China.
Deng describes his paper, “The Pre-Cultural Revolution Shangshanxiaxiang (transfer of urban youth to rural areas in China) Movement and the Maoist Utopia,” as a scathing criticism of the large-scale transfer of young people from cities to rural areas in Maoist China.
His research was divided into three parts ? “First Tide of Shangshanxiaxiang: Bitter Fruits of the Maoist Utopia,” which explains the origins of the movement; “Evolution of the Maoist Utopia in Shangshanxiaxiang,” which discusses the ideological component of the movement; and “End of the Maoist Utopia in China,” which sums up the defects of the Maoist Utopia as well as the Shangshanxiaxiang movement and lessons for China’s future generations.
“Due to the sensitive nature of the topic and its bold argument, my paper generated much discussion after my presentation,” Deng says. “The symposium was the first one on the Shangshanxiaxiang movement in China, and was well-attended by scholars from all over China and graduate students at Fudan University.”
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