This chapter examines the retrospective recounting of life in the collective years by women in reform-era China. It looks at an ongoing interdisciplinary and cross-geographical discussion about revolution, repudiation and post-Communist nostalgia and traces the connections between pre-Liberation, socialist construction, and market socialism eras. It suggests that the women in this study have fashioned a narrative of progress, featuring themselves as paragons of womanly virtue, telling their stories in an era when the histories, memories, and institutions of the collective era are disappearing and devalued.
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