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Sirin Pathanothai – The Dragon’s Pearl

August 15th, 2006 · No Comments


In 1967, as the insanity of the Cultural Revolution surged through China, Sirin Pathanothai was hauled up in front of the Red Guards and the Thai Patriotic Front and denounced for being a bourgeois diehard, a capitalist “roader,” and an imperialist lackey.

She could not reveal the fact that both she and her elder brother Wan were special envoys from Thailand, who had secretly been living in China for the previous decade under the protection of Premier Zhou Enlai, with the aim of providing a “living bridge” between the two countries.

Wan was expelled from China, and in order to survive, Sirin had to denounce her father Sang Pathanothai on the radio, and to escape further “struggle meetings,” persecution and psychological torture, she fled to the countryside, where she joined the People’s Liberation Army. read more…

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