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Library to feature program today on China's cultural revolution

Personal accounts, pictorial exhibit part of show

The Pleasanton Library will host a special program Sunday dealing with the China's Cultural Revolution that took place 50 years ago.

The event,“Introduction to Sent-Down Youth: An Intercultural Exchange,” will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. at the library.

It is a collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library and the Golden Gate Symphony orchestra and chorus. The group will perform parts of the “Ask the Sky and the Earth” movement, which tells the story of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in song and has been performed all over the world.

The program is aimed at increasing awareness about the Cultural Revolution when approximately 20 million of China’s urban youth of middle–and-high school age were sent into the countryside to participate in the “up to the mountains and down to the villages” movement.

A pictorial exhibit showing what life was like for some of these sent-down youths will be on display, with several who were part of that movement on hand to share their stories.

The event is free and open to the public. The library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave.

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