Many of Yu Hua’s critiques center around violence. A trend I thought was interesting about this was that in Yu’s mind the violence he grew up with in the Cultural Revolution has not diminished it has just taken on new forms. Though much of Yu’s accounts are memories recounting his childhood in the Cultural Revolution he also recalls more recent events of violence in China during later years of his life. Yu mentions the way that people are forced out of their homes in modern times and the violence that is inflicted on individuals for not complying with underselling their buildings. The violence in more modern times seems to have a stronger root in the state then before. While the Cultural Revolution was put forward by the state it was individuals who sought out and encouraged one another to commit violence. Yu recounts spending his middle school years looks to pick fights with his gang of friends for no reason other then that they could.