(May 8, 1950)
Source: HQ ( Aug 16, 1982), 2. Other Chinese Texts: XHYB, 454 ( Sept. 30, 1982), 76; Shuxin, pp. 364-365.
Comrade Yimin: 1
Your letter of January 3 has been received. Thank you for your good wishes and for giving me so many details about the conditions in our native village.
The poor people in our home village lead a very hard life, and life is even harder for the families of [revolutionary] martyrs. For the time being, all they can do is be a bit patient, and things could become somewhat better after the land reform. By then the People's Government may also give some assistance to the people such as loans, and the people will be able to gradually make improvements in their lives.
Taking care of the families of martyrs is a national issue. There are several million households of martyrs' families throughout the country, and they all have to be taken care of. It would not be wise for us to give special and individual attention to a few places. Nonetheless, with regard to the people in the greatest difficulties, the local people's government should, during the time of rent reduction and land reform, or in the in-between-season months, 2 give them as much attention and care as possible.
It is very good that you are working in our home village. Your can write to me often and tell me what is going on in the village.
Please give my regards to the comrades in the village. I sincerely hope that everyone will work hard and make progress.
In reply, and with best wishes for your good health,
May 8, 1950
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Publication information: Book title: The Writings of Mao Zedong, 1949-1976. Volume: 1. Contributors: Michael Y. M. Kau - Editor, John K. Leung - Editor, Tse-tung Mao - Author. Publisher: M. E. Sharpe. Place of publication: Armonk, NY. Publication year: 1986. Page number: 84.