Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Forty years ago, the 无产阶级文化大革命 (Wúchǎn Jiējí Wénhuà Dà Gémìng), or the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution started in the People's Republic of China.

It was one of the worst human-made disasters in human history.

To wrestle power back from the Communist Party, the party chairman, Mao Zedong created a counter-revolutionary movement against the party itself which was a violent and chaotic struggle resulting in the death, injury and/or imprisonment of millions.

Basically, Mao Zedong was really a dictator who wanted to retain control.

Just about everybody has read Wild Swans which gives a personal account of this period in Chinese history.

More information from - Wikipedia

"Shatter the old world / Establish a new world"
(so much cultural heritage was destroyed... thankfully the Kuomingtang smuggled a lot of artifacts across to Taiwan)

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Nothing to report today. I did have a nice cuddle last night with Emily while we watched Desperate Housewives, and Commander in Chief.

Tonight, I am on my human's lap as he gave me a raw chicken wing for dinner. It was smaller and I noticed he had cut it off a whole (but very small) chicken. I wonder what he will do with the rest of the chicken?



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