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Sadness of the Great Leap Forward in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 15, 2011

Quote from here about the sadness of the consequences of China’s Great leap forward.

From here:
“The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

The surviving residents protested later that they had been too shorthanded or exhausted to give the dead the dignity of burial. They blamed the ravaged corpses on hungry stray dogs, whose eyes, according to rumours which swept the area, had turned red after gnawing at human flesh. ‘That is not true,’ said Yu. ‘All the dogs had already been eaten by humans. How could there be any dogs left at the time?’ The corpses hadn’t been eaten by ravenous canines. They had been cannibalized by local residents. Many people in Xinyang over that winter and the two which followed it owed their survival to consuming dead members of their families, or any stray corpses they could find.

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China, the Communist Party and Economic Disparity

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 15, 2011

China has a problem, 80% of all billionaires are family members of the party or their kids, 90% of their millionaires are the same. The result is that many feel the communists leverage their contacts to benefit themselves and the small guy gets left behind. The following addresses and even larger issue:
from here:
” According to recent reports by the People’s Daily and Nanfang Daily, 3,000 families nationwide control assets worth 1.70 trillion yuan ($248.9 billion), meaning that each of these nouveau riche clans is worth an average of 565 million yuan ($82.72 million). People’s Forum magazine conducted an opinion survey on the phenomenon of super-rich clans, finding that 91 percent of respondents indicated that “the newly rich have benefited from networking with government officials” and 69 percent said they had a “bad impression” of the well-heeled families. While 75.56 percent noted that “collusion between officials and businessmen” was the “most serious factor” that contributed to the masses’ negative image of the government, 86.5 percent expressed worries about the prospects of weaning business away from political authority (China Daily, February 9; People’s Forum [Beijing journal], April 1). Yet, in light of the fact that ex-president Jiang Zemin decided to allow “red capitalists” to join the CCP in 2001, it might be too late to reverse the process of the perceived “bondage” between politics and business.

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Chinese Schools Brainwashing Her Youths?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 15, 2011

From here The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)
“Yuan Weishi, a retired professor of Chinese philosophy at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, had had similar thoughts about political education. In 2001, he had begun to gather Chinese high school textbooks to compare how they handled the seventy-year period following the opium war to the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911 with those produced in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Yuan said he was horrified. In mainland texts, constant patriotic exhortations to ‘uphold’ traditional Chinese culture and protect the country swamped any rational assessment of China’s own weaknesses. The logic of the textbooks was that Chinese culture was ‘superior and unmatched’ and that any kind of dictatorship or mob violence could be used to erase ‘outside evils’ to protect it. He described the education as akin to growing up ‘drinking the wolf’s milk’. After going through the textbooks, Yuan said, ‘I was stunned to find our youth are continuing to drink this wolf’s milk today!’ Yuan focused on the textbook’s handling of the Boxer rebellion in 1899–1900, an event that ended in humiliation for the Qing court when the siege of the old legation quarter in Beijing was eventually lifted by foreign armies. The Boxers were Taliban-like bands of peasants, known for their elaborate, superstitious martial arts rituals, which they believed made them immune to bullets, and their visceral hatred of foreign intruders into China. The mainland textbooks, Yuan said, had rightly chronicled the overseas armies’ murders and looting in victory, but had ignored the Boxers’ indiscriminate violence against foreigners in return. ‘The Boxers cut down telegraph lines, destroyed schools, demolished railway tracks, burned foreign merchandise, murdered foreigners and any Chinese with connections to them,’ Yuan wrote. ‘Any person or thing with a foreign flavour had to be totally annihilated…yet our children’s textbooks will not speak about it!’”

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