There was no official gesture to mark the birthday anniversary
of modern China's founding father, Chairman Mao, but
the memorial services organized by citizen volunteers took
place across the nation.
The messages on the banners
read: "Commemorate Chairman Mao",
"Cleanup the CCP".
In Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province which is the
birthplace of Chinese people's common ancestor Yellow
Emperor and was a heartland of the Tang
Dynasty, a dazzling
peak in Chinese history, people braved the chilly weather
on December 26 to gather in a park celebrating the 119th
birthday of Chairmen
Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung). They thank Mao for leading
the people to save the country that was once
so close to total integration, and for
setting up the foundation for the modernization of the
The words on the banner read "Cherish
the memory of Chairman Mao and adhere to the path
of getting rich together - a message by Guard Squad of
Mao Zedong Thought, #8341".
8341 is a rather mysterious
group of digits, which was initially the registration
number of Mao Zedong's rifle. When entering Beijing after
won the war against the Nationalist Party, he casually
assigned this number to his bodyguard squad. It was only
after his death, people realised the significance of this
special number: the first two digits imply Mao's age when
he died and the last two indicate the years when Mao was
on the top power of the CCP, counting from an urgent meeting
at Zunyi, Guizhou
Province, in 1935 on which he was elected as the leader
of the Party.
In Shenzhen, of Guangdong Province, the another kind of
heartland of China's open-door-reform dash which is practically
equivalent to foreign
colonisation through privatisation, a self-assigned Internet
Red Amy congregated in a public square to openly urge their
countrymen to "support (Bo Xilai's) Five
Chongqing Strategy and bring down the author of a lousy
poem titled 'Looking
Up to the Sky'."
Before a massive painting of Deng Xiaoping, who is said
to be the designer of China's doorless gate, the Red Army
from the virtual space raised solid portraits of Chairman
Mao, the architect of a well-guarded
What Chinese Say
About Chairman Mao and Deng Xiaoping:
In China's biggest online memorial hall at chine.com, there
are 70 million tributes to Chairman Mao; even his first wife
Yang Kaihui, his sons Mao
Anying and Mao Anqing, his second wife He Zizhen and
his brothers Mao Zeming and Mao Zetan all received millions.
But Deng Xiaoping barely got 1 million.
Of 1 million, majority of the comments condemn Deng and
We believe Deng Xiaoping has made an enormous contribution
to China's development and deserves more respect from his
people, however, the harm he brought to China's socialist
potential and civilizational tradition with his unprincipled
and unethical Cats Theory is also colossal, while the commercial
empire built by his wife and his offspring through questionable
means and the dangerous power play still engaged in by this "elite
family" having almost undone all good works that Deng
ever did for China in his lifetime.
Sigh, after Chairman Mao passed away, the fairness and justice
also left the world. Look at what China has now become: a
land of porn, of gambling, of drugs, of AIDS, of GMO,
of official corruption, of fake products, of criminal
gangs, of the extreme rich and the extreme poor, of colonial
economy, of resource exhaustion, of environment pollution,
of failing to defend territory, of people's
rights to be taken away ....
During the first thirty years (under Chairman Mao's leadership),
China was able to progress to become an industrialised nation
from a country that was not even capable of producing a box
of matches. Yet in the next thirty years without his guidance,
we almost exhausted all our resources while we still don't
have our own airplanes in the sky.
happened to Bo Xilai made me rethink the whole thing about
Chairman Mao and reform. I should thank microblog for helping
me to learn the truth from the opinions of many ordinary
people. Otherwise I have no way to know the true story -
all articles on the newspapers
are full of lies.
Me too. Before Bo Xilai event, I never used microblog and
never cared about politics.