As for your concern that my work might make me appear to be a counter-revolutionary, you need not worry. The current Chinese government is also severely critical towards the Cultural Revolution, deeming it a period of civil turmoil that harmed the country, a disaster for the nation. Still, the Cultural Revolution is still a sensitive topic in China, and when this book was first published, it was the 30th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution. Out of caution, I moved the section of the novel dealing with the Cultural Revolution from the beginning to the middle of the book so as to avoid too much attention.