Mao zhuxi wan sun
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.