Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Risk Taking Researcher - Tobin Min

Red Scarf Girl
Ji-li Jiang
Risk Taking Researcher
Chapter 13-15

The Red Scarf Girl is a novel based on the cultural revolution. The key person that is always mentioned in the book is "Chairman Mao" or "Mao Zedong." So the things that I am going to research about are those two things.

The Chinese Cultural Revolution was a political-movement that took place in China from 1966 to 1976. The idea was set by Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the Communist Party of China and that time period. There were two main things that he wanted to achieve from this movement which are: Imposing Maoists in the party, and to enforce communism by removing capitalists, traditional and cultural elements of China. The movement was not a success, and impacted the country's politically, economically, and socially. In 1966, Mao insisted that the revisionists had to be removed because they were supposedly trying to restore capitalism. So to do this, youths formed Red Guard groups, and many senior officers were killed. And in the same time, Mao's personality Cult grew bigger. Many people suffered abuses including public humiliation, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, sustained harassment, and seizure of property. After the death of the military leader, Lin Biao, the active phase ended. However, the real endpoint was when the Gang of Four got arrested, and reformers led by Deng Xiaoping ended the Maoist reforms.

The most important person in this movement was Mao Zedong, the former Chairman of the Communist Party. He was a Chinese Communist and the founder of the People's Republic of China. He is from a wealthy family in Hunan. Mao adopted a Chinese Nationalists outlook in early life because of the many events that took place at that time. In 1949, he found PRC, which was controlled by the communist party. In 1966, he launched the Cultural Revolution. He is considered as both a great leader, and a dictator. Mao died on 9 September 1976.


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History. "Cultural Revolution." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 23 Sept. 2014.

"The Cultural Revolution". HistoryLearningSite.co.uk. 2005. Web.

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