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

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Notification Concerning Work Assignments for University Graduates in 1968
CCP Center, Central Cultural Revolution Group, State Council, and Central Military Commission

Source: This notification ( "Guanyu 1968 nian dazhuan yuanxiao biyesheng fenpei wenti de tongzhi") was issued on 15 November 1968 as Central Document Zhongfa [ 1968] 158. Our translation is based on the text in Hubei Provincial Revolutionary Committee , ed., Wuchanjieji wenhua dageming wenjian huibian (Collected Documents from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution) (Wuhan, 1969), Vol. 3, pp. 1158-67. The original notification also included a report, not translated here, from the Beijing Municipal Revolutionary Committee on the assignment of jobs to graduates from universities in the capital.

The Center has decided that students graduating from universities in 1968 are to begin receiving their work assignments in mid-November. You are hereby notified as follows:
1. When assigning work to graduates, you must hold the great red banner of Mao Zedong Thought even higher, firmly implement and carry out Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line, firmly implement and carry out all the latest in a series of directives concerning revolution in education issued by our great leader Chairman Mao, thoroughly criticize the counter-revolutionary revisionist educational line represented by Liu Shaoqi, destroy the old bourgeois educational system, and eradicate its influence.
2. In response to our great leader Chairman Mao's teaching "We encourage intellectuals to go among the masses, to the factories, and to the rural areas in particular . . . to be re-educated by the workers, peasants, and soldiers," the assignment of work to graduates should reflect the firm implementation of the long-term policy of catering to the needs of the rural areas, catering to the needs of the border regions, catering to the needs of factories and mines, and catering to the needs of the grassroots. In general, graduates must become ordinary peasants or ordinary workers. A majority must become ordinary peasants. University graduates must resolutely take the road pointed out by Chairman Mao of integrating with the masses of workers, peasants, and

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