120th Anniversary of Mao Zedong’s Birth: Historical Photos

Mao Zedong

Yesterday was the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth…

From NetEase:

The Mao Zedong You’ve Never Seen Before

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1956, Mao Zedong accepting presents from representatives of ethnic minorities. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1956, Mao Zedong with members of the Soviet Union circus/acrobatics troupe. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1963, Mao Zedong playing ping-pong. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1951, Mao Zedong and daughter Li Na admiring lotus flowers. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1964 June 15, after watching soldiers practicing, Mao Zedong goes forward to punch the sand-filled punching bag a few times.

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1959 September 13, Beijing Workers’ Stadium, Mao Zedong wearing eyeglasses watching the opening ceremony of the first National Games.

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1958 May 25, Beijing Ming Tombs, Mao Zedong and Communist Party members together building the Ming Tombs Reservoir. Sovfoto/Getty Images/CFP

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1953, Mao Zedong taking a break with children near Beijing’s Andingmen. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1954, Mao Zedong swimming in Beidaihe. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1961, Mao Zedong swimming in the man-made lake in Lushang. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1963, Mao Zedong talking with Soviet cabin crew. Lu Houmin/CFP

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Indonesian President Sukarno reading Mao Zedong’s palm.

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1957, Beijing, Mao Zedong dancing. corbis

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1956, Mao Zedong at a dining table. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1954, Mao Zedong in the rural Shunyi County.

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1963 September 3, during Communist Party of Indonesia General-Secretary Aidit’s visit to China, he gave an Indonesian Bird of Paradise specimen to Mao Zedong as a gift.

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1947 January 2, Mao Zedong on a horse.

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1952, Zhongnanhai, Mao Zedong personally rowing the boat for Cheng Qian.

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1953, Mao Zedong and daughter Li Min on the skating rink in Zhongnanhai. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1966 July 26, Mao Zedong on the deck of a steamship. Sovfoto/Getty Images/CFP

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1954, Mao Zedong playing poker with workers.

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1956 September 30, Mao Zedong laughing heartily while he, Zhu De, Chen Yi, and visiting Indonesian President Sukarno viewed President Sukarno’s Painting Collection Album.

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1963, Mao Zedong and Zhu De with Henan opera Chaoyanggou members. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1952, Mao Zedong giving an autograph to a representative of the People’s Volunteer Army on their return.

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1953, Wuhan Snake Hill, Mao Zedong and chatting with a peddler/hawker.

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Chairman Mao proposing a toast.

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1963, Mao Zedong on the train looking over Hebei irrigation works plans while on a train. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1964 June 15, during a Beijing and Jinan military district training performance held in Beijing, Mao Zedong aims a rifle.

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1954 February 10, Mao Zedong climbing to Hangzhou’s North Peak.

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1958, Hunan Xiangjiang, Mao Zedong and children.

Comments from NetEase:

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A name recognized by all.

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There was none like him before, and no one who will be like him in the future.

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Chinese history will prove in the future that Mao Zedong is the symbol the people!

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Things were simpler and more down-to-earth back then.

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Long live Chairman Mao!

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  • SimpsonsGoldenAge

    Idiots

    • scanner

      not really. it was him that let Deng into the 2nd revolution

  • Ruaraidh

    Infamy lasts longer than fame. He’s made his black mark on history for sure.

  • Guest

    毛主席用兵真如神! xD Mao is dead! Think of now!

    Happy holidays everyone

    • http://aileilei.tumblr.com/ El Puma R.

      shit I posted this twice please delete!

      • Cauffiel

        Mods, el puma needs a time out. Go to the cybercorner, el puma.

        • http://aileilei.tumblr.com/ El Puma R.

          darn you firefox

          • Middle_Kingdum

            What did the firefox say?

          • Cauffiel

            I think he’s blaming firefox for double posting

      • David

        It is worth saying twice.

  • http://aileilei.tumblr.com/ El Puma R.

    毛主席用兵真如神!xD !!!! Think of now ! Mao is dead and our leaders are no different!

    Happy holidays everyone!

  • Cauffiel

    Chinese people really have no idea about this guy? How can that be true?

    • Chinese

      No surprise. 5 mao army is on the move especially on an occasion like this. Every major news portal is flooded with them.

    • Zappa Frank

      he is highly regarded since was one of the few chinese able to swim.

      • Cauffiel

        I’ve read that he detested soy sauce. A soy sauce factory exploded in his hometown when he was a child, and he hated it from then on. Maybe just a legend in the vein of Washington’s cherry tree, but it doesn’t seem to engender a moral. He also never brushed his teeth…. check out those black chompers in his elderly photos!

        • Kai

          Isn’t hong shao rou or dong po rou claimed to be a favorite dish of his? That uses a lot of soy sauce.

          • Paulos

            Yeah, I’d always heard hongshao rou was his favorite. Dongpo rou is too sweet for most people from Hunan.

  • http://yoursexycousinrex.tumblr.com/ Your Sexy Cousin Rex

    he looks like kim jong un lol
    oh my god what have i discovered

  • Stefan Xu

    Ignoring politics and his decisions he seems to be quite a nice, down-to-earth, and lovable guy.

    • Nick in Beijing

      Like most politicians while doing publicity with their constituents.

    • hess

      so did these guys

    • mr.wiener

      ….and Hitler loved animals and was a vegetarian.

      • Dr Sun

        never knew that mr.wiener, the veggie bit anyway, knew he loved his dog, so much so he even shot it so the Russians or Americans wouldn’t eat it.

    • David

      “. . . other than that Mrs. Lincoln how was the theatre?” Stefan, I want to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you are being sarcastic but with you I never know.

  • ElectricTurtle

    Taiwan, more or less.

    • Nick in Beijing

      If he never existed, then the conflict with the Nationalist Party likely never would have occurred. If that never occurred, and China was never in a state of civil war, it have have even developed to a greater degree than where Taiwan is now.

      • Zappa Frank

        this is an optimistic vision. The devolped of a smal island cannot be compared with the develop of a huge country.

        • Nick in Beijing

          That’s totally true. However, I think that if the Nationalist Party rode the wave of unification till it’s conclusion, and never closed itself to the outside the way the communists did, then with all of China’s resources at the time, coupled with cooperation with the rest of the world, China could have attained much higher, and more balanced development.

          • Zappa Frank

            or maybe China could have never been really indipendent like many others countries. Expecially considering the cold war at that time.

          • David S.

            China was a lot more independant than India before Mao or the communist party came to prominence in China. What brought about Chinese independance as we know it was the defeat of Japan which cannot be attributed to Mao.

          • Kai

            Maybe Zappa is alluding to the fact that the Nationalists were close with the US (given how much they depended on US aid), or that China would’ve ended up like South Korea and Japan today, with American military bases and stationed troops as modern force projection, historically against the spread of Communism.

          • Zappa Frank

            Exactly, but more than japan, who was already developed, I think something like Philippines or a South American country. A puppet country to tell it straight. Just how it could eventually be. We are talking about fantapolitic.

          • Dr Sun

            The differences being Japan was a unified country under its emperor god(China was not), the allies first militarily defeated Japan, then the USA nuked japan into total submission and then occupied it with their armed forces, changed their government system.(South Korea they still occupy as well). The philippines they pulled out of as it was a mess too after WWII , but not U.S friendly, are returning now though.
            China was so devastated and destroyed after WWII no one thought it of any importance, even wanted to take it, or get involved, that let it to be wide open to the CPC and Mao took it.

          • jixiang

            Nonsense. All former colonies became independent after the Second World War, and China would have done too, no matter who was in power. Yes, maybe China would have fallen into the US camp, but so what? With Mao it fell into the Soviet camp, so how was that better?

            The Chinese are taught to believe that China only became independent thanks to Mao, and that the “foreigners” will always try and enslave it. You have clearly picked up this mentality.

          • Zappa Frank

            Not at all. First china have been distant from Cccp and at one point they were even close to fight, so we cannot say china was a Cccp puppet. With independence I don’t mean a formal one, but a sort of puppet country like USA had many during Cold War.

          • ElectricTurtle

            When the CCP and Mao had their falling out with the Soviets, where did they turn? To the US and Nixon. That was the beginning of the reopening of China to the West. Furthermore, even if China were a “puppet” would have been that bad to end up like South Korea? I know earlier you said you thought it would be like the Philippines, but that is obtuse. Japan and South Korea were “developed” in a manner of decades, mostly by their own efforts because of the character of their people. China is, in East Asia, virtually synonymous with Civilization with a capital “C”. The Philippinos were just a bunch of backward tribes with barely more than two sticks to rub together before the Spanish showed up and took over. They had no grand history of civilization, no societal character for development or advancement. It’s no wonder that colonial influences from the Spanish, Americans, and Japanese had only partial success, because they would have achieved little to nothing on their own. The same could not be said for the grand precedents of Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese. Christ man, we’re talking about the people who built Chang’an, the Great Wall, the Treasure Fleet, the Han Canal, etc. etc. To think they would end up an undeveloped backwater like the Philippines is, as I said, obtuse.

          • Zappa Frank

            i’m not saying like philippines because i think chinese would not have been able, but to point out that not all american puppet were developed and sometimes, eventually, american would have prefer something different. Japan and korea where more devolped than china before the 2 ww, and to develop such big country is not something easy that you can do as fast as with korea and japan. Japan and Korea don’t have natural resources, China have, but that could eventually have made it a prey for wester industries, as americans a (like anytone who can) weren’t exactly fair when it was about something like that. As i said before, we are talking about fantasies, this is a possible scenario, of course things could also have been different, what i want to say is that it is not so obvious what the alternative china could have been.

          • ElectricTurtle

            Pfff… you think the Philippines didn’t develop because that’s what America wanted? Aside from the history of the cultures and societies that I already discussed, the reality is that after the war it was Japan that America wanted to prevent from significant redevelopment. They systematically dismantled the zaibatsu (the major Japanese industrial corporations), and yet Japan redeveloped anyway and rebuilt its industries from near zero to still rival the US during the 60s through the 80s. They were the second largest economy on earth despite having a land area about the same as Zimbabwe and, as you say yourself, very little in the way of natural resources. They did this because of the character of their people, against US interests and policies, and everything good in Japanese society is derived from China and Chinese society. The same sort of character that built Japan in the face of adversity would have done the same in China if it had simply not been inhibited and squashed by lethal persecutions and fatal negligences in things like land use policy and academic purges during “The Great Leap Forward” and the “Cultural Revolution”. All the evidence in history both culturally and economically is against your hypotheses.

            And since you mentioned Japan’s and Korea’s pre-war development again, in spite of what I said, I’ll repeat myself: Japan and Korea DEVELOPED THEMSELVES. China could and would have done the same if it weren’t sill reeling from the overthrow of the Qing occupation and the ensuing warlord fracturation. When China has a true unity it has shown itself capable of amazing achievements historically. But Mao’s unity through insane brutality was no better than Dorgon, and Zhou Enlai was not enough to balance him out.

          • Zappa Frank

            you live by myths, there are no evidences in what you say but arguable recostruction of history. That thing that they did it because they are “that kind of people” and “they took that spirit from china” cannot find my agreement. Japan did by far better than China, modernized itself while China remained almost feudal, so much that while japan fighted back and won against russia china became the cake to be taken by anyone who was passing by (even italy took a pice! italy! the country with an army that never won a battle almost, not even for mistake). C

          • Dr Sun

            can I ask you 2 questions Frank ?
            1 why as you say did China remain feudal, even after suffering the most of any “winning nation” post WWII ?
            2. why is 99% of the wealth in the usa owned by the people who’s club picture still remains on the back of your money ?

            think careflly Frank as these 2 questions are related

          • Zappa Frank

            i said china WAS almost feudal while japan modernized itself, before the WW2, i was not talking about now
            it was a reply about the supposed spirit, soul, attitude, whatever, that is present in chinese people (in common with koreans and japs) that should drive to a fast develop. i was wondering where was this thing while japan was developing and china was remaining almost feudal (again, before the WW2)..

          • Paulos

            Hi Frank, what Dr. Sun is talking about is a common Masonic conspiracy theory regarding the $1 bill. It’s long been debunked, but unfortunately subscribers to this sort of thing don’t really care much for empirical evidence. If you’re still curious you can read about it here:

            http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/debunking-common-myths-about-freemasonry.html

          • Zappa Frank

            ok thanks I understand now. I’ve read something on a Brown’s book.

          • jixiang

            China is too big to be anyone’s puppet for long, just like the alliance with the USSR (or CCCP) proved. Look at India, another Asian giant: they had no Mao Zedong or Communist Party,but they still achieved real independence. They are certainly nobody’s puppet.

          • don mario

            its true, any defence of mao is just coming from chinese propaganda.

      • Kai

        We could say if Chiang never existed, the conflict with the Communist Party wouldn’t have occurred either and there may not have been purges and civil war.

        • ElectricTurtle

          If Chiang never existed, the KMT would probably have turned wholly to Wang Jingwei who was center-left before his eventual collaboration with the Japanese.

          • Kai

            Perhaps, but you understood my point, right? I’m just saying it’s way oversimplified to assume or suggest China would be like Taiwan today if Mao simply didn’t exist.

          • Irvin

            China cannot be like taiwan, it’s too big and difficult to manage. The only way it could be remotely like taiwan is if they split it into states/region/province each with their own individual autonomous government.

            Any country that is too big would be hard to manage, so in a way china would be better if it treat each of it’s province like hong kong and macau.

          • don mario

            nonsense. taiwan is small and its not doing so well either. why? leadership. nothing to do with size.

          • don mario

            saying china would be like taiwan is not really saying much though is it. basically it would of developed 30 years earlier, probably democratised, would be more socially advanced and kept its traditions. it is common sense that those things would of happened.

      • Atitheb Chaiyasitdhi

        I’m bored with if-then questions about Mao existence. This is not just an optimistic vision but the unrealistic one, especially in the case that those who raise the question do not know well in China history.

        According to Mao’s interviews in Yan’an, he initially opened to the outside, in this case the US, since he did not want to be solely under Soviet’s influence.

    • Archie

      Snap!

    • Kai

      There’s ultimately a spectrum of possibilities that includes mainland China being more like Taiwan or even better. Optimistically, you could say the greater natural resources and population (workforce) could mean faster growth and development. Pessimistically, you’d recognize that a far larger landmass and a far higher population presents a lot more challenges as well.

      A lot of people, Chinese included, would like to think China would be more like Taiwan but I think it is exceedingly safe to say that China would not be like Taiwan today, more or less, if Mao never existed. There are just too many other variables, and Taiwan is also what it is because of the existence of the Communist-held mainland. How many of the ROC’s policies and governance were shaped by this fact? Taiwan evolved into what it is, from American influence, from its on choices, but all of these things were influenced by larger geopolitics. Are we certain the Nationalists of the Chinese Civil War would’ve eventually taken a path towards liberal democracy?

      • ElectricTurtle

        The Chinese people had never known anything but autocracy throughout millennia of civilization. What the Chiang Dynasty proved was that you have to wean Chinese people off of autocracy by running an ostensible democracy as though it were an autocracy for a couple generations until the body politic is wholly ready to walk the talk. When Dr. Sun Yat-sen set up the republic, many other Chinese contemporaries (and I’m thinking of Lin Yutang and his audience specifically, although his opinion was in retrospect) were incredulous as to how such a system could work with a people who had never known anything like it.

        Democracy to be effective requires an educated and understanding populace, and even today in mainland China it would be hard to make it work with the poor condition of rural education. In Taiwan it was possible to more closely oversee the improvement of rural education and thus bring the country into capacity for Democracy in a few decades. If the same concerted effort were made in the mainland, it might have been possible within 50 years. The question is whether the whole of China and the larger world would have had the patience to only admire the concept but not truly live it for so long. It worked on a small scale in Taiwan in part because it was small. The issues facing the mainland are more complex, and western China, if it can even be called such, would probably have had to be completely let go. The CCP for all its faults has through its ruthlessness kept a larger country together than otherwise would likely have been possible, but that’s par for the course for Chinese autocracies.

        • Irvin

          Communisim was actually brought into china from the west, I guess some people are just wary of new systems being introduce to china after what the first one did to it.

      • David

        Well said.

    • willze

      You’re a complete idiot if you think a country as large as China would be developed as much as tiny Taiwan without a strong central government.

      It would have still been speaking different languages and as poor as India with its democracy. And there’ll be muslims from the west breeding like they always do and demanding special rights. Oh and Tibet may have never rightfully got back to China.

      So yeah, the communist party may well have been the best thing to happen to China in the long run. Mao’s policies were just disasters. Not to mention the Nationalist Party may not have even become a democracy.

  • http://www.sos-symphysiotomy.com/ redgirls

    What is wrong with his feet in the last picture ?

  • Nick in Beijing

    I wonder how many of the girls in these photos he porked on his infamous mobile bed.

  • mattman183

    Alive.

  • Middle_Kingdum

    Nice chest-high pants, Mao!

  • 二奶头发

    Thanks for the Coffee Table book post CS. CS are you working on the story about the waiguoren that told the female reporter “I love you, Show me your boobs.” it happened in wuhan on December 24th. That one has been on weibo the last two days.

    • YourSupremeCommander

      What an idiot. This truly confirms that only rejects from other countries come to china.

      • Dr Sun

        Kai’s gonna kick your ass for calling him a reject.

        Me I dont care, hit my first $1 million net doing business in China, love it here

        • Zappa Frank

          i supposed you are a chinese…am i wrong? congratulation for your business

      • Zappa Frank

        not only, but for sure the numeber of guys with mental problems that come in china is embarassing.

  • Stacy Murasaki

    Mao’s generals in those pictures, how many of them weren’t killed/persecuted during the Cultural Revolution? I… I… I don’t recognize their faces.

  • Kai

    There are only 1062 comments on the original site, so “thousands of comments on the original site badmouthing chairman Mao” is overstating things.

    We always cite our sources so people can confirm our translations themselves. Fact is, these are the most upvoted comments on the NetEase article. If you look through the less upvoted comments, you’ll also see them being biased (praising Mao).

    Experienced Chinese internet watchers will find this unsurprising. They may even notice that the mix of comments, commenting behavior, and comment voting behavior are all atypical relative to the vast majority of articles on the site, in that community.

    There are known reasons for this, some mentioned by some other commenters here. Moreover, there are certainly plenty of Chinese netizens who badmouth or are otherwise critical of Mao, but what you see above is what Chinese netizens saw on that article on NetEase at the time Fauna translated it. There is significance in what comments are upvoted to the top and how those comments are then the most immediately visible to subsequent readers and commenters.

  • Kai

    It’s a bit more complicated than that these days. While people can still be persecuted for what they say online, overall, people can comment quite freely online and aren’t persecuted for criticism or being critical.

    The more relevant reasons for why it’ll be harder to see anything critical of Mao on an article like this posted in observance of his birth is because of censorship and self-censorship (which are increasingly the same thing these days given government policies).

    A commenter who is inclined to be critical of Mao may feel a sense of futility in commenting critically on an article like this, because they know there is likely more scrutiny and thus censorship on this article than some other article on some other day. Why bother posting if you’re certain it’ll be deleted anyway?

  • Nessquick Choco

    Looool , those trousers over the belly :-D photo 6.

  • Nessquick Choco

    omg, where you got your numbers ?

  • Nessquick Choco

    family planning and population control :)

  • hess

    So it’d be exactly the same as it is now?

  • ElectricTurtle

    That sounds far more simplistic. China is not and cannot be anything like India. They are far too culturally different.

  • mr.wiener

    Not a fan of Mao. Not sure if the devil has him on a slow rotisserie or if he should spend the rest of eternity saying sorry to everyone who died needlessly to satisfy his vanity, Either way China is well rid of him.

    • Dr Sun

      He turned into the very thing he despised the most, sadly a trait of Chinese emperors throughout history, even those that were good, those that followed brought it right back to the corruption status quo

  • Dr Sun

    Chinese, my guess

  • loki

    ah pictures of a dead piece of meat.. who cares move on… rather read about old people falling and rich guys dying in helicopters, all the while cheng guan are getting hoes to the head by farmers ..

  • don mario

    who knows, but its not too hard to of done any better than mao did. he was a mad man who put the country back 30 years.

  • don mario

    exactly.

  • Nathan Hazlett

    A confident and strong nation is one that admits its past. China is a great nation but unfortunately it has demonstrated it is still not ready to confront its dark past. Xi said people should not be ‘idolised like Gods’ and he is right.
    But in saying Mao ‘made mistakes’ – instead of the truth; that Mao was a calculating mass murderer, Xi makes a mockery of the concept behind this.
    The simple fact is that Mao’s Personality Cult is alive and well in China- state media continues to idolize and glorify him and pretend his tenure was a period of strength and pride- when the simple fact is millions of Chinese suffered misery and terror in those dark years. It is an abomination that whilst Mao’s victims have never got justice, he is still venerated. There is something clearly perverse about this.
    Consider these facts; Books critical of Mao such as Yang Jicheng’s ‘Tombstone’ and Jung Chang’s ‘Mao: The Unknown Story’ are banned in China. Why? Because the CPC fear objective debate. Its easier to focus on the Opium Wars and Japanese crimes rather than the much bigger crimes of Mao Zedong. Its easy for any totalitarian regime- such as the CPC, to distract attention away from their own dark side by encouraging jingoism against outsiders.
    2- From a very young age, Chinese schoolchildren are subjected to the Cult of Mao; Schoolbooks read ‘He was a great leader whom the Chinese people loved’ How we are influenced as children greatly impacts later thinking- therefore it doesn’t matter if people are subjected to critical material latter on because they have already been brainwashed by years of idolising material growing up in China.
    3- People often cite China’s population growth during the Mao years as some sort of vindication. My response. So what? Why should millions being added to a population justify millions being killed?
    4- If there is no personality cult around Mao, why is open debate about him so difficult. From what I have seen the only comments permitted in state-controlled media is neutral or sycophantic comments. Critical comments are simply not published. Im not saying achievements Mao may have had should be ignored- what im saying is that is a huge injustice that his crimes are also ignored
    5- The official attitude seems to be that Mao was ‘only 70% good’ and that he ‘made mistakes’ – at best this presents Mao as an idiot who didn’t realise the horrors going on around him. But I believe that given he had absolute power, its very hard to rationally accept he knew nothing about the horrors of the Cultural Revolution- he knew, and far from trying to stop it he promoted the mayhem and terror. The deaths from the Great Famine may be no more Mao’s fault than deaths in British India were the fault of Disraeli, Salisbury or Gladstone- but the key difference is western history is open to critique and debate- books critical of the British Empire are openly published and sold in the UK. So at the very least both sides should be heard in this debate- right now, only pro-Mao views are allowed and that’s grossly unfair.
    If China doesn’t open up about Mao’s dark legacy- mass purges, torture, violent political upheaval, forced suicide, brainwashing, terror, famine and anarchy….
    then much of the rest of the world will continue to be baffled at why so many Chinese continue to praise a man who caused so much misery to their countrymen.
    China cannot move forward until there is some honesty when it comes to Mao and his crimes.

    • David

      The deaths during the Great Leap Forward were not only known by Mao, the conditions that created and contributed to them were planned by monitored and ordered to continue by him. This is much closer to the deaths of the Irish during the potato famine when the British continued to deliberately order food shipped out of Ireland and sent to England in order to thin the number of Irish on the Island.

  • redinou

    feeling that the first pic is fake O_O, or its just me?

  • David

    The truth is so many died that nobody has an exact count but I believe the accepted direct deaths (due to starvation etc. . .) are between about 30-70 million (personally I think the high side is closer but I am not a Chinese historian). If you are counting something else (abortions from the one child policy etc. . .?) please explain.

    • hess

      he probably just added another 0 by mistake..

      • David

        Very possible. I know I have had “fat fingers” before.

  • Wodowsan

    The Fact Mao was responsible for more Chinese deaths than the Japanese and all other western powers combined in the 19th and 20th century always amazed me how it escapes so many of the Chinese. I really think part of the reason is of course the Orwellian way the Chinese government has re-written and censored history. I also think though there is an inner desire of many Chinese to be the “The Big Boss” or Emperor of China, which makes them admire and covet the absolute power Mao had.

  • Wodowsan

    I remember teaching in a hospital and a doctor told me that Mao was “tolerant.” I asked the Doctor was it true Deng was imprisoned by Mao? They of course responded “yes.” I than asked “why did he imprison Deng?” They responded “because Deng disagreed with Mao’s policies.” I then asked “would you consider putting someone in prison that disagrees with you as a tolerant act?” I could see the light go on over the Doctor’s head as she replied “No.”

  • death_by_ivory

    Interesting pictures.”Bit” propaganda but we all know the truth.Next up Stalin and Hitler’s holiday pictures.

  • Can’t remember my username

    +1

  • markus peg

    All the ‘bad’ comments (if any) would have been deleted quite quickly.

  • Stella Katherine

    These are so cute! Both Mao and Sukarno were often portrayed as strict guys so these pictures are priceless.

  • Jin Park

    LOL

  • nospamsonny

    They’re afraid of him.

  • Kenny

    God bless America — I suppose nobody told Obama there is no God.

    • Rick in China

      Poor attempt at trolling.

      It gives me an opportunity to make another point though: I don’t think Obama believes in any God whatsoever. I think he, like many politicians in America, “believes” to the extent that right now, nobody can get elected in any senior office in America *without* “believing in God”, and that’s it.

  • Kenny

    I am not a fan of Mao but without him, westerners probably won’t give a fuck to China today… KMT at that time was deeply corrupted so there wasn’t any better choice anyway.

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