Friday, September 08, 2006

Mao's legacy, thirty years on

Few in China would proclaim the sentiments of this
poster which reads "Mao is the red sun in our heart"

Today is the 30th anniversary of Mao's death [09/09/1976] . But even in death, Mao looms large in China, but mostly as a tourist attraction as thousands visit the mausoleum, in which his body lies, daily. There will be be no commemorations for the former leader, however. China is trying to forget much of Mao’s legacy, and much of his life is being written out of the history books, according to a report today on CNN. The BBC also looks back on the legacy of the former leader and how China has moved on. According to the BBC report, the Communist party has banned open conversation of his life, an indictment to the man that changed the face of China so significantly. Posted by Picasa

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