Young and older members of the People’s Militia in Nanjing, summer 1971

Visualizing Early 1970s China through the Lens of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS) Friendship Delegations

Young and older members of the People’s Militia in Nanjing, summer 1971

Women accounted for about half of the militia unit and “were wearing dark pants and light pastel or white blouses with ammunition belts strapped over their shoulders. The men had old dark work clothes, with rifles and ammunition belts as the women had.” The younger children seemed to be around ten or eleven. “The boys were dressed like the older men in simple dark pants and shirts, but the girls had on skirts of all different colors and most of them wore ribbons in their hair, lending an unlikely air of festivity to the firing line” (CCAS 1972, 65–66).

CCAS (Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars). 1972. China! Inside the People’s Republic. New York: Bantam Books.