Along with several dozen other children who either wept or wore blank expressions, I was escorted up to the second floor of the dormitory. At the top of the stairs, I gazed, terrified, down a long, dark hallway illuminated by a single lightbulb that hung by a wire from its socket. Identical rooms lined each side. The door hinges all were smashed, leaving the doors hanging at a slant.
There were people in the corridor, their faces no more distinguishable in the dim light than pancakes. Many seemed to be Red Guards who had taken up residence with their families; others were orphaned children like me.
Lopate: You just lived in a school dormitory?
Fu: Yeah, they put us into the emptied university dormitory which is kind of a ghetto for all the "black elements" kid.Just so that there is no misunderstanding of her usage of the word "ghetto," she has this passage on Page 44 of Bend, Not Break:
My German neighbor in Shanghai had told me once about how German soldiers had taken millions of Jews like him out of their homes during World War II and forced them to live in "ghettos" before burning them up in ovens. Is that why we had been brought here to live in this ghetto? Was mass extinction awaiting us? Were they going to starve us first, or put us straight into ovens and burn us alive?The usage of "ghetto" must have left a strong impression that, when Forbes first published a profile based on her book, they titled it as "One Woman's Journey from China's Labor Camp to Top American Tech Entrepreneur". It was only after a backlash of questioning that the magazine changed its title, no using the term "labor camp."