There are two Chinas. “One is the China that has been magnified by the historical
narrative and the Party's propaganda, the China that has been extolled and
paraded. But there is another China that's been ravished, obliterated, stamped
out in the dark. There are these two Chinas and two histories, and their clash and
interaction has formed the real and complete history of contemporary China. If
we only set our eyes on the China above the ground, the China that's sanctioned by the authorities, but ignore the underground China and the obliterated China, we will not have a complete understanding of China," wrote retired Peking University professor Qian Liqun. The nine stories contained in this book are a slice of the other China.