The Grolier Club is hosting an exhibit focused on the “Quotations of Chairman Mao.” Here’s more from The New York Times: “The exhibition begins at the beginning, and even before, with several precursor anthologies that can be seen as steppingstones to the Quotations, first issued with a white paper cover in spring 1964. Show More Summary
Down with the leading capitalist roaders now in power within the party! THE great struggle initiated and led by our great leader Chairman Mao to beat back the Right deviationist wind to reverse previous correct verdicts is developing soundly in various spheres of the superstructure, including education, science and technology, and art and literature. [...]
The whole point of this poorly argued, logic chopping article by Andrew Brown in The Guardian seems to lie in the penultimate paragraph where he claims that Sam Harris is on some kind of par with Joseph Stalin and Chairman Mao. Which...Show More Summary
Confucius may once have been denounced by Chairman Mao for perpetuating feudal ideology, but the effort to integrate his teachings into society continues in Xi'an. Hundreds of diners bowed to a portrait of Confucius before lining up to receive free lunch in a restaurant yesterday, reported NetEase [ more › ]
Chairman Mao once remarked “Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent.” It would appear that we are in a period of “utter chaos.” First, ISIS dominated the news. Now we have the Ebola “outbreak.” The situation is “excellent” from a political perspective precisely because crises (real or constructed) provide windows of […]
You can find the 1937 IBM corporate songbook at ars technica. Aside from the strange lyrics, there is something very Chairman Mao/North Korea-ish about it. Nowadays, of course, people are far more sophisticated. [HT: Gizmodo]
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” While some quotes are indelibly linked with certain politicians - in this case, Mao Zedong - in many other cases, what leaders say can sound the same, no matter what end of the political spectrum they sit on. Show More Summary
How would you like a nice Chinese gourd? One that's shaped like Chairman Mao? Or, how about Jesus? Read more...
A man was hired to impersonate Mao Zedong at a pharmaceuticals exhibition in Kunming to promote the products, attracting hordes of people, and no doubt making the Chairman roll in his grave. [ more › ]
In his new book, “The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream,” Dan Washburn tells how the game, which was once banned by Chairman Mao for being “too bourgeois” has thrived despite a moratorium on golf course development for the past 10 years.
Chairman Mao's "little red book" is no longer a fashion accessory in Beijing, but China's leaders seem to be drawing inspiration from one of its aphorisms: "There is great disorder under the Heavens and the situation is excellent." Judging...Show More Summary
From the 1990s onwards, the (re)discovery of Chinese archives encouraged artists to develop a photography inclined to reinterpret iconic images, such as those of Chairman Mao. This is what Wang Tong (born in 1967 in Tonghua, Liaoning province) has endeavoured to do for his series "Reenactment". [ more › ]
Talk of a Chinese property bubble is back in the headlines. Recently, leaked recordings showed that Mao Daqing, vice chairman of Vanke Group, made some bearish comments on the property sector. The recent slump in property sales and housing...Show More Summary
There was a strange political coincidence last week, which went unnoticed. First, Britain’s favourite tea drinker, Tony Benn, died at the venerable age of 88. The passing of this “political giant” invoked sobbing eulogies, from papers and politicians alike. Perhaps the most ridiculous memorial came from the normally-sensible Louise Mensch, ex Tory MP. I advise you [...]
Did Mao order in Chinese? Did Chairman Mao like General Tso's chicken? You read about The Long March, The Hundred Flowers Campaign and The Cultural Revolution, but it's hard to find documentation on what dishes Mao liked. Zhou Enlai,...Show More Summary
A former Japanese Prime Minister criticized figure skating legend Mao Asada for falling in her short program on Wednesday. Yoshiro Mori, the former Japanese Prime Minister who is new chairman for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ organizing committee,...Show More Summary
Liang Hsiao September 8, 1976 [“The working class must exercise leadership in everything.” On July 27, 1968, in response to this great call from Chairman Mao, a Mao Tse-tung Thought Propaganda Team composed of outstanding workers in Peking marched into Tsinghua University, a famous institute of higher learning in China. Following this, other Mao [...]
When you ask people what comes to mind when you mention Andy Warhol, usually the first thoughts are of his pop-art pieces like Campbell Soup cans, Marilyn Monroe, and even one of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong. Warhol was an artist of phenomenal commercial success whose art and life fit the times which he [...]
Chinese money is not very humorous. Nobody pulls out a one hundred yuan note and goes, ha ha ha. Chairman Mao just isn't a laugh riot. That is, unless anime Attack on Titan is involved. Read more...
The reporting on China’s commemoration of the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong all seemed to come from the same angle. Festivities were “understated” (Associated Press). Events were “scaled back” (Reuters). The following headline, which ran on the Fox News website over the AP story, is typical: “China marks Mao’s 120th birthday with low-key celebrations.” The […]