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While I was writing Wild Swans I thought the famine was the result of economic mismanagement but during the research I realised that it was something more sinister.

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The failures of the Great Leap Forward had led her parents to oppose Mao Zedong's policies. Amongst their criticism of Mao Chang and Halliday argue that despite being born into a rich peasant family he had little concern for the welfare of the Chinese peasantry. She explained her change on the stance of Mao with the following comments:

The Chinese seemed to be mourning Mao in a heartfelt fashion.

Jung Chang (simplified Chinese: 张戎; traditional Chinese: 張戎; pinyin: Zhāng Róng; Wade–Giles: Chang Jung Mandarin pronunciation: [tʂɑ́ŋ ɻʊ̌ŋ] born March 25 1952) is a Chinese-born British writer now living in London best known for her family autobiography Wild Swans selling over 10 million copies worldwide but banned in the People's Republic of China.

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