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A Chinese diary

It is my first visit to China since 1993 and the place seems a lot more relaxed-both politically and emotionally.

By Michael Holroyd   February 2002

Last August I received an invitation from Peking University, Beijing-a rather odd combination of names I thought-to speak at an international biographical conference which was to be held towards the end of the year at Fuzhou University (Fuzhou being the capital city of Fujian Province in south-east China). The letter was signed by the “Director of the World Auto/Biography Centre,” Dr Zhao Baisheng, in the English department of Peking University.

I had been to China once before, in the summer of 1993, and was curious to see how things had changed. At the beginning of September, I replied saying that in…

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