Marx & Mao
To the Editor:
In “Losing China Again” [April], Charles Horner cites a New York Times Magazine article reporting that Chinese people have said they “are nostalgic for the Cultural Revolution because it was so Chinese. . . .”
I have heard Chinese people, in China and the United States, saying that the cruelty and disorder brought about by Chairman Mao were typically Chinese. They are wrong. It is not part of Chinese tradition to close schools, beat up teachers, or report one’s parents to the authorities for counterrevolutionary thoughts. What Mao did was not Chinese but Marxist.
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