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Across the lane in Shanghai was a house that had remained empty for so long that the wisteria grew all the way around the garden. No one would live in it because of the suicide there, one of thousands in Mao's Cultural Revolution. (The house was eventually bought by a foreign company who chopped down the wisteria). It took some time to get the story—from someone who as a small boy saw the Red Guards come down the lane and denounce Yan Huizhu, a famous singer of Chinese opera.