Thursday, October 21, 2004

Know Your History

Today I received a most welcoming letters from a new connection. She sent me a couple of articles from the Revolutionary Worker publication. The articles are on the topics "Social & Economic Achievements Under Mao" & "The Truth About the Cultural Revolution." There are some perspectives on the effectiveness of revolutionary struggles in China under the guidance of Chairman Mao.

I left China when I was twelve. Therefore, I don't have a full grasp of CHinese history as being taught in school. The year I attended first grade at seven years old was also the year the Cultural Revolution came to an end. It's the same year that China had its biggest earthquake in the coal mining town of Tangshan. It's the year Mao died. It's the year the Gang of Four got arrested. It's the year I participated in my first organized protest by takin g to the streets, holding signs with hundreds of people.

My new connection informed me that the protest I had participated against the Gang of Four was "part of denouncing that legacy (socialism) & restoring capitalism."

That statement led me to reflect on my childhood and evaluate how Mao has impacted my life. It pointed out how little I know about the history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. It inspired me to learn more about the truth of my history to "set the record straight."

If you're interested in learning more about Chinese communism under Mao, you can go to www.rwor.org.

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