Year of the Dragon

2012 is a year of the dragon, as were 2000, 1988 and the auspicious year 1976. 1976 was a year of turmoil and tremendous change in China. Both Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong died, leaving a power vacuum. After the Gang of Four was defeated, the innocuous Hua Guofeng was head of the government as Deng Xiaoping consolidated control. 1976 marked the end of the '10 lost years' - the Cultural Revolution and its disastrous aftermath. When reading memoirs of the youth ...