What was it like to live in the waning days of Mao’s China? Ying Ma, author of the memoir Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, which chronicles her girlhood in China’s final days of hardline Communism, says that “for a long time, people were not allowed to have dogs in the city, because that was … a capitalist indulgence.”
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.