Stories From the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Sep 05, 2019 12:35 PM
Mannie Liu
Stories From the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Our program features our own Mannie Liu who will be interviewed by Kevin Learned.  Mannie was born into a well-to-do family in China.  In 1968 as part of the Cultural Revolution she was separated from her family and sent to the countryside for re-education.  Here’s a bit of her story as recently written to some friends:

“We, among millions of youngsters, went to countryside winter of 1968, life was tough in the village with no running water, no electricity; in addition to being hungry: we had no toilet…  bathroom meant everywhere and anywhere outside of our room, I remember it was cold and dark, we young girls were scared even thinking of going to bathroom… there were hungry dogs and pigs chasing us wherever we went... later, nice villagers helped us dig a big hole, about 4 feet by 4 feet and about 2 feet deep, and also a short wall around it, that’s our former bathroom... after two years of hard work in the farm, I was miraculously selected to be a substitute teacher in the village school.”

Mannie completed two years of middle school during the cultural revolution.  She went on earn a Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. from Cornell.  She worked as a research faculty at Harvard, as a professor at Renmin University in Beijing, and was the Founder and first Chairman of the China Venture Capital Research Committee.  Her book Venture Capital: Innovation and Finance (1998) was the first venture capital book published in Chinese.  Retired from teaching and research, today she has an active venture capital consulting business, traveling frequently to Hong Kong.  

Mannie is a naturalized US citizen and in the process of settling down in Boise.  Like many others, she is a grandmother who followed her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter and grandson to Boise.