I am constantly struck by the stark contrast of pessimism expressed by China’s literati and intellectuals and optimism expressed by those wanting to study and live in China.
Yu Hua, a popular writer whose most recent novel “Brother” is a big hit on the mainland, says this when attending Hong Kong Book Fair:
“The Cultural Revolution is a tragedy; The modern China is a farce.”
“The Cultural Revolution is an era of unprecedented pressure; The modern China is an era of unprecedented sleaze.”
I guess you will understand how cogent his comment is if you know the history of China.