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Paul Simon reports: "Most Chinese nationals don't like to talk about it, but cannibalism has occurred during China's many famines through the millennia. Most recent was in the early 1960's, according to Jasper Becker's superb book about famine during the Great Leap Forward (Hungry Ghosts). It is also interesting that paranoia about cannibalism is the theme of Lu Xun's (China's most famous 20th century author) Diary of a Madman. There is an ancient Chinese saying, "Swap Children, Eat Well"; meaning that in times of famine one should still not devour ones OWN offspring....

Ronald Hilton - 1/12/02


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