A System Afraid of It’s Own History

Fan Meizhong remembers exactly what inspired him to become a teacher after graduating from Peking University’s history department in 1997. “My own history classes at school were so oppressive,” he said. “It wasn’t about pursuing the truth, but about controlling our minds. I felt my education was a waste, and it made me really mad.” So Mr. Fan, now 38, decided to tackle the problem head on — by becoming a teacher who would tell children the truth about their country.

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