Growing up poor as the son of a village official and his schoolteacher wife in the western China province of Sichuan, Liu Yonghao's big goal was getting a new pair of shoes and a bicycle. In his hometown of Xinjin, the best job he could imagine was becoming a factory worker, a profession held in high esteem in Mao's China. At least then, he figured, he would have enough food and clothing.
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