The following is the main part of an online article titled A
Young Chinese's View on Mao Zedong (一个80后对毛泽东的评价)
posted on wyzxsx.com by Pure Lotus (清荷), and it's English
As we all can tell, the current wave of Mao Zedong fever
is not promoted by the government, but initiated from grassroots.
Young people of my generation born in 80s are basically more
interested in economy than politics, thus the act of advocating
Mao Zedong Spirit has more to do with culture than ideology.
For me, I would like to know more about Mao Zedong as a
man not as a legend. I think the reason that people love
him is because he loved people dearly, as we all know that
it is the ordinary Chinese people whom he cared about most.
Some online friends laughed at me. “Go home ask your parents
what they went through during the Three-Year Famine and Youth
Go Rural Movement before posting your praise on him,”
they told me.
True. No one ever sent me to work in farm, and I’ve never
But I did have asked my dad about famine and about go rural.
“Yes, it was a hard time and we were poor in materials,”
he replied, “but it was also a noble era and we were rich
To comprehend what is spirit, I buried myself in thick books
at library. Soon I found the answer. When turning the pages
of those historical documents, my soul was shocked and my
heart was bleeding.
I'd never imagined that when Mao Zedong and his CCP reunited
the nation in 1949, China would be in such a backward
and dilapidated state.
In the rural area, peasants were frequently plagued by flood
and draught, and constantly threatened by locusts and bandits;
the beggars were seen everywhere and the dead bodies left
unburied here and there.
In the city, most of industry products were imported goods
with Chinese character 洋 (yang, meaning overseas)
specified in the name of many daily items, which include
carts (yang che 洋车), cloth (yang bu 洋布), matches (yang huo
洋火), gasoline (yang you 洋油), nails (yang ding 洋钉) and socks
(yang wa 洋袜).
When the Nationalist Government fled to Taiwan,
with the help of the American air force, they took nearly
all national reserves away, including 86.56 tons of gold
and 35 million pieces of silver. This huge asset stolen from
the 540 million mainland Chinese was then poured into the
tiny island with a population of merely 7 million. The financial
windfall as such, along with the rewards Taiwanese received
from the West for helping them to attack their own brothers
and sisters in the mainland, has enabled the island to create
a so-called economic miracle. Taiwan's wealth is by and large
built upon theft and betrayal.
In the mainland that had been left with nothing but scars
of wars from the foreign invasion and civil conflicts, Mao
Zedong led his people to rebuild the nation from the scratch
with their own hands, while in the meantime took up the military
challenges from the West in Korea and eradicated the local
bandits and traitors at the home.
If you were Mao Zedong, and in such a grave situation, what
could you achieve then?