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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]

Who Said It? Chairman Mao Or President Obama

“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

Chairman Mao-Shaped Fruit Are Being Grown in China

How would you like a nice Chinese gourd? One that's shaped like Chairman Mao? Or, how about Jesus? Read more...

SPOTTED: Mao impersonator sells pharmaceuticals in Kunming, draws crowds

2 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

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 › ]

Writing China: Dan Washburn, ‘The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream’

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.

Xi Jinping's Excellent Adventure: A Calibrated Takeover of the South China Sea

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

Photography Friday: Wang Tong

5 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

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 › ]

UBS: China's Property Sector Is Approaching Its Tipping Point

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

Tony Benn 'admired' Chairman Mao, responsible for the deaths of millions. Why is this ignored?

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 [...]

Diasporic Dining: Did Mao Order in Chinese Food?

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

Former Japanese PM Slams Skating Legend Mao Asada for Falling

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

Working Class Occupying and Transforming the Superstructure-1976

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 [...]

Be on television, claim your 15 minutes of fame!

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 [...]

Attack on Titan Makes Chinese Money Funny

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...

Happy Birthday Chairman Mao?

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 […]

'Happy Birthday, Chairman Mao' — From CNBC and the New York Times

The fascination with and excuse-making for long-gone communist dictators responsible for the murders of millions during their reigns is a long-standing phenomenon. Both CNBC and the New York Times continued that hoary tradition last week. Show More Summary

The Return of Chairman Mao's Worship in China

The celebration of Chair Mao's 120th birthday has seen a return of personality worship in China.

China Losing Touch with Chairman Mao?

WASHINGTON — Is China losing touch and adoration for their dead modern leader, Mao Zedong? The media has raised this possibility in their coverage of the country’s observance of Mao’s birth 120 years ago. Reuters reported that festivities and celebrations will be much more muted than in years past under the new leadership of President […]

Photographer Wang Tong's Mao 'Re-enactment' photo series

9 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

           Wang Tong is most well-known for his series 'Mao on the Wall', which documents the images of Chairman Mao that were stenciled on the walls in peasant villages all over China during the Cultural Revolution. He also has created...Show More Summary

On Chairman Mao’s Birthday, a Conflicting Legacy for Xi Jinping

China marked the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth with relative restraint in a nod to the balance President Xi Jinping must strike in using the revolutionary leader’s legacy as he pursues market-oriented economic reforms.

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