郝俊 and 常春


As interviewed by Edward Hao, 3-20-17
"... only when you respect the knowledge and the teacher can the country and youth learn and advance..."
郝俊 and 常春

Introductory Profile: 郝俊 and 常春

郝俊 and 常春 grew up during the Cultural Revolution. They noticed many unusual effects, such as an influx of farmers and factory workers as that was the only job after high school. Like many others in kindergarten and elementary school, all they had to do was study Maoist theory and learn poems and sayings. They reflected on the consequences of the Revolution and told me why, in their opinion, they thought the Cultural Revolution was bad and what they would have done.

郝俊, born on March 20, 1969 in Kunming, China, experienced the Cultural Revolution through his elementary school years. His grandparents, being classed as Intellectuals and revisionists to communism, were sent to labor camps as punishments. His father was later sent to farms to work for having close ties to capitalism, even though he identified with the Communist Party. His mother, a doctor, regularly visited the camps to treat sick farmers and visit family. After the Revolution was over, he came to the U.S. in 1990 to study electrical engineering and now works as a senior director for Samsung in graphics processing and the integrated circuit.

常春, also born in Kunming, China on February 10, 1968 is no less exceptional. Frequently top of her class, she was on the student council of her school. She helped organize events and helped the teacher in many ways, such as grading papers. She was devoted to studying and was often voted class leader. She admits, "If the Communist Party had offered everyone in my school a job, most people would have had doubts or skepticism, but I would have taken it in a heartbeat." However, the Cultural Revolution ended and she was allowed to come to the U.S. to study electrical engineering, a field that interested many people at the time. Looking back, she remarks, "I wish everyone can respect the knowledge a teacher gives, because only when you respect the knowledge and teacher, the country and youth advance."