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My neighbour, who has just died, suffered in the cultural revolution. But no one ever tried to make amends. There's no truth and reconciliation commission in China

By Mark Kitto   February 2009

A Moganshan obituary

My neighbour Mr Wang Kai Xue died peacefully at home, aged 84, on 1st January 2009. His funeral was attended by 240 people. As the news spreads, many more are coming to pay their respects.

Wang Kai Xue was born in 1925 in Anhui province, one of four children. His father, Wang You Fang, moved to Moganshan soon afterwards to work as a handyman. He quickly saw an opportunity and established an ice house in the village, selling ice to the foreigners with summer houses. By the mid-1930s Wang was known as the “Ice King of Moganshan.”…

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