China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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effort, and at first I did indeed have to remain on the outside. But by seven o'clock, the pickets finally let me pass. At that very moment, an ocean of people surged forward in the direction of the Tiananmen rostrum, and I also pushed like mad from the side to get in. Finally I managed to get to the visitor's stand, and by a stroke of luck just then Chairman Mao came over to the east side of the rostrum. I could see him ever so clearly, and he was so impressive. Comrades, how can I possibly describe to you what that moment was like? In any case, I together with everyone else just exploded in shouts of "Long live Chairman Mao!" Having seen Chairman Mao, I made a silent pledge to definitely become Chairman Mao's good pupil.

Comrades, join us in our joy and in our singing!

Greetings, Bei Jr. 15 September 1966, under the midnight lamp

PS: Later I heard that Chairman Mao was coming forward for the second time when I saw him, after repeated pleas from the masses. In any case, what luck! How can I possibly go to sleep tonight! I have decided to make today my birthday. Today I started a new life!!!

"Dearest Chairman Mao: What Are You Doing?"

Wang Rongfen

Source: Yu Xiguang, ed., Weibei weigan wangyouguo--" Wenhua dageming" shangshuji (Of Inferior Position but Concerned About the Fate of Their Country--Memorials from the "Great Cultural Revolution") ( Changsha: Hunan renmin chubanshe, 1989), p. 52.

Respected Chairman Mao Zedong:

Please, as a member of the Communist Party, think about it: What are you doing?

Please, with the Party in mind, think about it: What is the meaning of all that is happening before you?


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