October 04, 2005
Mao or Mao
Stumbling around Xinhua, I came across a forum titled Mao Zedong, a forever warm memory. The page holds 15 comments, all in praise of the Great Helmsman. One that stands out:
jjg: My father and grandfather were wronged and persecuted for 5 and 20 years, respectively. But I still think that Mao's merits outweigh his demerits….We can never forget that he helped lay the foundation for the growth of the People’s Republic of China.And another links past with present:
Dhgsk: Mao Zedong is remembered not for the mistakes he made, but for the work style of "serving the people wholeheartedly"pursued by the Chinese Communist Party under his leadership….People have longed for a government that does its utmost to improve their well-beings. Fortunately, the current central leadership gives us that hope.By way of contrast, there is Mao: The Untold Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday. The wikipedia entry on the Chang/Halliday book summarises its findings:
The entry also has links to various reviews of the book and some of the disputed points in the book.
I imagine this book won't be available in China, nor will it get it's own Xinhua page.posted by Simon on 10.04.05 at 11:32 AM in the China history, education & culture category.
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