From Capitalism to Socialism toward Communism a.k.a. Globalism
Three Generations of A Chinese Family Moving Forward in Chaos Over One Hundred Years
by Maggie Zheng
Pub Date 23 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2022
Not many books documented the complete modern history of China. This book details such a history. It tells the stories of three generations of a Chinese family. -Helen and George, Helen's father and uncle, and Helen's daughter Maggie. This book intends to record history as it is. The author hopes it is more like a factual record rather than an edited story.
In the first half of this book, China was a capitalist country. Americans had many interactions with Chinese people then. In the 1840s-1930s, American missionaries went to China. They sponsored schools that developed into higher education in China. In WWII, volunteered US pilots fought side-by-side with Chinese soldiers. Many Americans know the Chinese constructed the railroad in the 1860s. Fewer Americans are aware of another group of Chinese. To attract Chinese students, the US returned part of the indemnities. The Qing Dynasty sent students to America. They used the money for tuition. The Republic of China continued sponsoring the program until the 1940s. Helen's two brothers came to the US to study in the 1930s-1940s. George graduated from MIT with a Ph.D. So did his two brothers. They studied science and technologies in the US in the 1940s. Overseas-educated people played critical roles in China. Banking, education, architecture, and other industries. However, their life changed after the communists took over the country.
The latter chapters describe how the communists scrapped the capitalist system. Socialism ideology is becoming a trend in the United States. Americans would need to know the answers to some questions. Had small businesses fared well in a socialist system? Could Chinese people keep their houses and land? How about social security and medical insurance? Is the air clean? How about food safety? Would the government allow private medical practice? Had people's savings shrunk to a fraction over time? Would every worker receive compensation after completing a job? Would the government take people's lives as the priority? Why do so many parents separate from their children to make a living? Is there the Rule of Law? Would the government help to catch frauds and scammers? Would there be abuse in preschools and schools? Are vaccine shots for children safe? Could one find a place to seek justice if something happened? Would the government watch everyone 24/7?
This book answers all these questions to the readers with real stories of the people. With the turning of pages, readers will learn about China's sceneries. That includes East, North, South, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Central China.