A Chinese life is divided into three chapters: the red age, the boiling, and I am a soldier. Starting from 1950, it tells about the frustrating experiences of Xiao Li's family in the great leap forward, three years of natural disasters and the ‘Cultural Revolution’. Driven by the wheel of history, one's destiny is unpredictable and firmly drawn. Everything including work, marriage or personal future, is closely related to the fate of the country.
Xiao Li went to kindergarten at the time of great leap forward. The important task every day was to queue up with his mother and wait to go to the steelmaking furnace to make steel. Every night, they had to go home to find materials for steelmaking, cooking pots and keys to open the door. When he was a Little Red Guard at school, he went to the street with his classmates and rebelled while wandering. He criticized the photo studio that took wedding photos, criticized the public baths, and even opposed his father's taking him to the zoo, because it was a place for the bourgeoisie to visit mountains and rivers. In the 1980s, with the reform and opening up policy, dance halls and mahjong halls came back, and more and more people went to night schools for further study. In the street where people talked about revolution, people met and talked about buying a house, buying a car, emigrating abroad.
In January 1932, the Japanese army sent boats to attack China. In order to protect the Japanese army and its citizens, a large number of Japanese troops gathered in the outskirts of Shanghai on the 19th. On January 28th, the Japanese army bombed Shanghai, and more than 3000 soldiers entered Shanghai. Simultaneously, a large number of outstanding patriots appeared in China and one of the representatives was Nie Er, a famous music composer. He wanted to create a kind of music with a new revolutionary situation and represent the life of most Chinese people. Leftist composers tried to infiltrate the urban media culture in the colonial port, and at the same time, patriots trying to suppress the products of leftist culture.
In the movement to revive the Chinese spirit, Chinese citizens dressed in clean but simple clothes to buy Chinese made products. In some areas, people also tried to ban pop music and supported large-scale choir to teach unified behavior through Choir activities. The KMT also wanted to revive Confucius and encourage women to participate in social gatherings. They wanted to promote a military chemical industry and a more culturally aware image of China. After the January 28th Incident, the spread and popularity of culture has increased, from cities to rural areas. From 1937 to 1939, the history of Chinese revolution rose. Each art team uses its own form, such as street play and Cartoon pictures. In 1939, stage historical drama and traditional drama have taken shape. In terms of culture, China's activities have also been greatly enriched and improved. As described in the book, Xiao Li's adult life has also improved to a certain extent.
In the 1920s, the new theater form has been widely developed. It first appeared in Shanghai and got the support of more people. A large number of professionals appeared in the new theater. Students and activists regarded drama as a tool to ignite political change. At the same time, China's cartoon has also been a certain degree of development, which shows the main spiritual model of contemporary Japan and the West. As a kind of critical social observer, cartoonists can well express the public's feelings about the social form at that time.