The Impact of Historical Events on Society and Individuals in China
Throughout the entire Chinese history, we can clearly see that there are a number of historical events that had huge impact on the Chinese society and generations in China. Some of those historical events had already ended couple generations ago; some of them are still being unceasingly reformed and still exerting until now; yet, fair enough to say that each one of them had tremendous influence on Chinese society regardless the influence is positive or negative.
Ranking the most influencing historical events throughout the Chinese history, there are two prime events that seem unforgettable- they are the Cultural Revolution and the Chinese Economic Reform. It is certain that people hardly can give them an order in which differentiates them in terms of how much impact each event had to the Chinese society and individuals; because each one of them were and still are influencing not just one single aspect of Chinese society in either a positive way or a negative way.
Speaking of the Cultural Revolution, to the generation who has experienced it, it is a nightmare. 10-year Cultural Revolution has gradually been a blur in Chinese people’s mind, especially to the younger generation such as my generation. However, the consequences of Cultural Revolution are profoundly devastating to the Chinese society; as Chinese people said, history is like a mirror in which can reflect many problems that are occurring contemporarily. The same mistake in which we have made can still be made in the future if we do not learn from our past. Unquestionably, the Culture Revolution was, as many people believed, the “darkest 10 years” in the moder...
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...tudents. Because of Cultural Revolution, the younger generation are more and more westernized and materialism and losing their interests in traditional cultures. It is hard to judge whether or not those changes are right; only time can reveal.
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