Saturday, November 8, 2014

Risk Taking Researcher - Felipe M.

week 5#
Job: Risk Taking Researcher
Red Scarf Girl
Ji-Li Jiang

       I made a deep research about Chairman Mao's life this week. He was born in December 26, 1893 in Shaoshan village, his father, Mao Yichang became a wealthiest farmer in Shaoshan. Yichang's wife Wen Qimei was a Buddhist. Mao also became a Buddhist but abandoned his faith in his early teenage years. When Mao was 8 years old, he was sent to Shaoshan Primary School. When Mao was 13, he finished primary school and his father married him to a 17 year old girl. When Mao grew older, he became interested by the military prowess and nationalistic fervor of George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1911, Mao began Middle School in Changsha. Revolutionary sentiment was strong in the city,  with widespread disagreement towards Emperor Puyi's absolute monarchy. Mao enrolled and dropped out of a police academy, a soap-production school, a law school, an economics school, and the government-run Changsha Middle School. In his first school year, Mao befriended an older student, Xiao Yu; together they went on a walking tour of Hunan, begging and writing literary couplets to obtain food.  A popular student, in 1915 Mao was elected secretary of the Students Society. Making an Association for Student Self-Government, he led protests against school rules.  Mao graduated in June 1919.
       Mao moved to Beijing, where his mentor Yang Changji had taken a job at Peking UniversityAt the university, Mao was made fun of due to his rural accent and lowly position. On May 4, 1919, students in Beijing gathered at the Gate of Heavenly Peace to protest the Chinese government's weak resistance to Japanese expansion in China. In Changsha, Mao had begun teaching history at the Xiuye Primary School.

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