My brother, who was in advertising, once told me that any publicity is good. Nonetheless, I have a few caveats about this article. The fascination with psychoanalysis in China is not limited to “China’s well-heeled citizens”. The people who are interested are mental health professionals and intellectuals, assuredly middle class, hardly well heeled, and many the children of peasants. They are just like the people in the West who are interested in psychoanalysis. And yes, they do talk about the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. There is a genre of “Chairman Mao jokes” and a frequent comment to a stupidly bossy person is “Stop acting like Chairman Mao”. The author’s assumption that the suicides of young factory workers thousands of miles from home and the psychotic behavior of the middled aged men who attacked the nursery school children are the result of defects in the social order seems naive at best.
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