A lost opportunity if there has ever been one. With her 'Wild Swans' reputation Jung Chang had access to many in China who would have never talked otherwise. But her hatred for Mao seems to dictate just about every sentence and everything seems twisted to shed the worst possible light on the 'great helmsman'. Less bias could have made it a great study rather than scar-literature in disguise of a biography.
Everyone knows about the Mao's Long March, but a few years later another long march took place: that of Chinese students leaving their cushy campuses on the east coast, trekking all the way to Yunnan where their universities reformed as Lianda, the united university. Kunming, then a total backwater, became a hotbed for new ideas, not just scientific. We liked the section of east coast girls scampering around Mengzi in their latest fashion.