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Mao zhuxi wan sun

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I’m currently taking a course on the Cultural Revolution to fulfill a Core Curriculum requirement. Everytime I go I am tired because it’s held at ten a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Today, it was hard for me to go to class, but I am glad I dragged my ass out of bed and went to class.

I am behind in the readings and have missed two lectures because I slept through it (the lectures are posted online later that day, so I don’t miss much by skipping a lecture). Today, the lecture focused on the Red Guards and the objections of some members of the Communist Party of China to the Red Guards.

We saw a fifteen-minute video from a mid-1960s BBC newscast which the professor narrated as a reporter for the BBC, before being a member of Parliament. A lot of students were surprised to see our professor as a young man and with a fifteen-foot tall head. The film was very fun and interesting, more than I expected. After it ended, the professor raised his right hand, which held the Little Red Book, and repeated a scene from the film. He screamed, “Mao zhuxi wan sun,” which phonetically sounds like “Mao jooshe wahnsway.” As he did, the teaching fellows, who were spread out throughout the room, stood up in unison, raised their Little Red Books in their right hands, and responded with “Mao zhuxi wan sun.” They did it a few times and then proceeded to invite the class to do it. The professor led the screams, and the 150, majority Asian, students responded in unison.

I like college.

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There is a video of a lecture my professor gave at UC Berkeley in 2005, available here.

Written by soledadenmasa

March 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Posted in Classes, Harvard

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  1. […] Jump to Comments Diego, over at Soledad en masa, accounts an unusually exciting and revolutionary lecture in Cultural Revolution. (”The professor led the screams, and the 150, majority Asian, […]

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    March 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm

  2. Awesome story. I’ve had interesting classes before, but never mass chanting or waving of communist manifestos. Anarchist, sure, but never communist.

    Alex

    March 4, 2008 at 5:28 am

  3. Okay, thanks to Alex (above), we are able to find each other in this sea of college student bloggers struggling to find a place in a world so huge.. Your blog entry made me laugh..I wish we have a module like that here. Cheers to Mao.

    agentjade

    March 4, 2008 at 11:10 am

  4. Agentjade,
    Thanks for the comment. What college do you attend, btw?

    soledadenmasa

    March 4, 2008 at 11:22 am

  5. Wow. So the leftist indoctrination at Universities is true, just like my conservative friends have been saying all along.

    I wonder if the next lectures will have Nazi chants? Probably not, since the Nazi’s killed significantly less innocent people than communists did. I know leftists like to celebrate only the real mass murderers, not the small timers.

    HispanicPundit

    March 10, 2008 at 11:24 pm

  6. HP,
    It’s not leftist indoctrination. If you read my professor’s book Mao’s Last Revolution or any of his other books, you’d understand just how critical he is of Mao and what he did. My professor lived in China during the Cultural Revolution and has first hand accounts of the purges Mao spearheaded.

    soledadenmasa

    March 10, 2008 at 11:38 pm

  7. As he did, the teaching fellows, who were spread out throughout the room, stood up in unison, raised their Little Red Books in their right hands, and responded with “Mao zhuxi wan sun.” They did it a few times and then proceeded to invite the class to do it.

    Of course he did. Communism was a human rights violation on such a massive scale that even communist sympathizers had to publicly rebuke it. Don’t take this to mean that they think communism itself is at fault though – in their minds, it isn’t communism that was at fault, it was the evil leaders that twisted its teachings. The fact that it happened over and over again, where ever it was practiced is just an irritating inconvenience to them. – many still yearn for their utopian ‘democratic socialism’.

    Keep me posted on whether or not the professor has the whole class do the Hitler salute and then go on and talk about how evil it really is. My guess is it won’t happen….

    HispanicPundit

    March 11, 2008 at 12:01 am

  8. I attend the National University of Singapore. Going on to my sophomore year when semester starts… can’t wait!

    agentjade

    July 7, 2008 at 11:11 am


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