If only judging from the title, one might assume that this is yet another book on the Red Guards of the Cultural Revolution. What makes The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China stand out is that it moves beyond the factionalism of the Red Guards and focuses on the continued transformation of the Red Guard generation and the changing political culture from the Maoist era to the present. Guobin Yang defines the Red Guard generation as “members of the age cohort born around 1949 who experienced the Red Guard movement,” including many who also experienced the sent-down movement (pp. 5–6). Yang delineates the long-term trajectory of this generation—from Red Guards and then sent-down youth in the 1960s and early 1970s to veterans of political activism in the 1980s and contributors to the Mao fever and zhiqing (sent-down youth) nostalgia in the 1990s.

Because of its broad scope, the...

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