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

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Salesmen of Reactionary Western Culture

Hong Xinda and Nan Xuelin

Source: Chinese Literature, No. 11, 1968, pp. 104-10.

The so-called "Western culture" is nothing but imperialist culture, which is most reactionary, decadent, and vicious. With the imperialist system heading for total collapse, its culture, like the sun setting beyond the Western hills, resembles a dying person who is sinking fast. Since Khrushchev and his successors came to power, they have gone all out to carry out "cultural cooperation" with U.S. imperialism and thrown the door wide open to "Western culture," which has thus found a new market in the Soviet Union. Amid the fanfare of their all-round reactionary collaboration, a new sinister deal was made between the Soviet Union and the United States not long ago--the Soviet-U.S. cultural exchange agreement for 1968-1969 signed in Moscow . . .

Let us see how "productive" Soviet-U.S. "cultural cooperation" is at present . . .

Disguised as "cultural cooperation," degenerate Western music, commercialized jazz, has become the rage in the Soviet revisionist musical, dancing, and theatrical world. The rock 'n' roll, the twist and other similar vulgar dances are executed more madly than before. The Soviet revisionist renegade clique has not only spent big sums of money to invite large numbers of night club jazz bands from the West to perform in different parts of the Soviet Union, it has also sent its own musicians to take part in "international contests" so as to learn from Western jazz bands. As a result, various weird-named American and British jazz bands have performed in the Soviet Union. Last 12 December, the Soviet revisionist Central Television Station started a monthly series of lectures on "Jazz Music, Yesterday and Today" in its fourth program. In these lectures, American commercialized jazz was unctuously described as the "real music" and the "sacred music" and was lauded as helping to "understand the world." Seven disgusting "jazz music festivals" have been held in Moscow and six other Soviet cities this year to give such vulgar music a big boost. And as before,

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