""If there had been no Cultural Revolution, then I would not be who I am today. People who haven't been through it can't appreciate how easy everything else is. It wasn't the manual labor. That's a different kind of hardship. This was the worst kind of bitterness. You are constantly told: 'You are against the revolution, so therefore you have no right to speak.' … That burden, that burden on your spirit, is very heavy." 50 years ago this week, when Mao Zedong reasserted his control of the Communist Party, he set in motion a decade of chaos and torment in China. @nytimes asked readers to share stories about how they were affected by the Cultural Revolution. Chen Qigang, a 64-year-old composer in France who @adamjdean photographed in Beijing last month, was in middle school in Beijing when the movement began. Visit the link in our profile to hear more voices from China's #CulturalRevolution." By nytimes on Instagram.
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