Friday, May 6, 2011

The Ghost of Mao Zedong

Chinese women's volleyball was the first Chinese team to achieve championship at international level in 1980s amongst major sports and was the pride and heroines of the nation for decades.

In recent years, Chinese women's volleyball standing fell into the abyss, the Chinese Volleyball Association recently posted the message, that from April 26 to May 1, the Chinese women's volleyball team spent a week time in Zhangzhou, Fujian province to learn, recite poems by Mao Zedong, hope that through this "revolutionary education", they'd be well-prepared for next year's (2012) London Olympics:

The ghost of Mao Zedong made a dramatic comeback.

Coinciding with the disappearance of internationally renown artist and social critics Ai Weiwei, and the "Singing Red" movement in Chonqing, championed by Prime Minister aspirant, Bo Xilai, China is making great leap backward, back to 1960s and 1970s.

Chongqing: Sing the Classic Red Songs, Summon the Spirit of Development

Chongqing: ten-thousand people renewed their vows to the [Communist] Party and Sung "red" songs in unison

It was in this square of my home city Shenyang, during the height of the Great Cultural Revolution, the president of Shenyang Music Conservatory taught tens of thousands people to sing songs he composed to speeches from Mao's "Little Red Book":

Mao Zedong Statue in Shenyang, China - Matthew Felix Sun's Drawing_7339

Mao is dead.  Mao is alive.  Long Live Mao.

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