When Li Yaqin was 16, she ate what her family could scavenge: dandelion leaves, alfalfa, rice sprouts, corn husks ground and pressed into cakes.
As her college-age granddaughter quietly captured her on digital camera, the 73-year-old told of watching her father starve to death.
"He was sleeping on the bed and couldn't move because he was too hungry," said Li, her jet-black bangs framing an expression taut with lingering despair. "He called me to pull him up, but when I tried to pull him up, he just rolled around in bed and couldn't get up. And then he stopped moving."
The Chinese government would prefer that such stories be forgotten. Wu Wenguang...