Should Mao Zedong’s Birthday be a National Holiday of China?

| September 29th, 2009

The People’s Republic of China is about to turn 60, how to evaluate and pay tribute to the founding leader of the Chinese Communist Party Mao Zedong (毛泽东) once again became a topic of discussion.

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Remarks of Mao Zedong’s grandson causes concern

Mao Zedong’s only grandson, senior colonel Mao Xinyu (毛新宇) said in an press interview, the birthday of the founding leader should be set as the national holiday, to be widely publicized, so that future generations can always remember. He said that he would submit a proposal relating to traditional education on the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) these two meetings next year to call for the date December 26th – Chairman Mao’s birthday to be a national holiday.

Mao Xinyu also said that he had already requested to the State Education Commission to encourage the establishment of “Mao Zedong Thought” Department in Universities. (ESNW: Mao Zedong Thought in university and thoughts on it)

People who opposed: Does not match with Mao’s wishes when he was alive.

These remarks when reported in the media immediately caused considerable public concerns and heated discussions on the internet forums.

Netizen commented on EastNet stated, there is no need to set up a legal holiday to commemorate the founding leader Mao Zedong. He said that without a legal holiday is also showing great respect to the great man. This netizen pointed out that the Second Plenary Session of the seventh CPC provisioned that not to celebrate birthdays, giving gifts, not to name after great leaders (at a national level), However set up Mao Zedong’s birthday and the day of his death to be a national holiday is inconsistent with the spirit of the Second Plenary Session of the Seventh CPC, also does not match with Mao’s wishes when he was alive.

People who supported: Even great man makes mistakes

On the other hand, the argument of supporting to set up a national holiday to commemorate Mao also had its reasons. Institute of Technology Changzhou, Jiangsu Province associate professor Zhu Wenmin (朱文民) told the reporter that it is appropriate to set up a national holiday to commemorate the founding leader. He said “As far as the Chinese history was concerned, he was the person who rewrote the history. Others may consider him as a person who rewrote the history. We even gave Qu Yuan (屈原) an anniversary, why couldn’t we give this great man also?”

As for the merits and demerits of Mao Zedong’s life, especially in his later years was responsible for anti-rightist, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, a series of serious historical mistakes. People have been debating for years, but it is still difficult to draw a consistent conclusion.

Once had closely interviewed the original China’s founding ceremony, deputy director of Xinhua News Agency Li Pu (李普) said “Mao Zedong constantly engaged in movements, these movements, some were him shirking responsibilities. He corrected some aspects of the movement which went too far, as if he was very civilized. However he was not. He did not understand the city people. He pretended. He is a bad guy. Mao Zedong is a bad guy! I do not like Mao Zedong.”

But Zhu Wenmin said, Mao Zedong was a great man, and even great man makes mistakes, not matter ancient or modern times, even the United States as well. He said “The democratic process was a little more reasonable, but this does not mean the Americans’ decisions are always right, for example, the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war. Right now after Obama took office, there are so many issues. Americans may not admit they were wrong, but in fact they were wrong.”

Professor Zhu Wenmin who teaches chemistry at China’s institutions of higher learning pointed out that some people requested to commemorate Mao Zedong, the main reason was to inherit and carry forward the spirit of hardworking and plain living and the ideal of serving the people which Mao Zedong advocated. He pointed out that this also has a positive meaning in promoting anti-corruption.

20090928-mao-03 Mao Xinyu (毛新宇)

Sources: dwnews | my China My Home | BackChina | Wikipedia | npic | …

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  1. Xiao Wang says:

    I doubt the party will go for that. At some point or another they are going to admit to Maos mistakes (and he made a LOT more than the Leap and the CulRev. Already before the civil war had begun for real Mao had cleansed his side of between 100.000 and 200.000 people who were or might have been opposed to his rule. If you want to make a National Holiday go for Enlai or even Deng who finally managed to change China away from Maos dark path.

    I can on the other hand see two good reasons why Mao’s birthday should be a holiday. Add a few days together and we can actually have something resembling a real Christmas holiday here in China. Alternatively make it a Fight Obesity day. Colonel Mao seems like he could use some help on that part.

    Long live China. It is a great country, but Mao isn’t the one we should revere.

  2. American says:

    Mao did a lot of things wrong, and did a lot of crazy things, but he is the father of modern China. Do you really think that Jiǎng Jièshí would have made China as successful as it is today? Mao was a crazy, indiscriminate killer, and destroyed much of China’s history, but he did make the country into what it is today, so I think he should most definitely be celebrated and remembered for the good things he did for the country, not the craziness that was imposed by the people around him.

    And Mr. Wang, I agree with your comments on Deng, and Enlai were both very influential figures, but none of them, or anyone since the Qing have had as much influence as Mao. Positive or negative he forged modern China in the blood of its people.

  3. Great stuff here 🙂

  4. mao zedong says:

    70 / 30 official verdict. 70 bad / 30 good.

    70 bad 30 good.

    Mao: dead for long time

    Confucius: dead for 2000 years.

    china missed the scientific revolution / industrial revolution / democratic revolution / abcdefghjiklmnopqrstuvxyz writing system.

    workers making 25 cents an hour.

    Dig a deep hole / bury the past / live the future.

    future / past. future Not past.

    rich / poor rich not poor.

    join the free world

    join the rich world

    join the free world.

  5. I really enjoyed this.. What a good Article!!

  6. mao zedong says:

    past / now / future.

    Mother Nature gave us time.

    past is gone forever. dig a hole / bury the past.

    No dead is ever coming back to life.

    bury confucius

    bury mao

    Deng Xiaoping had himself cremated.

    Dig a big big big big hole. / bury the past./ cremate the past / live the future

    Future Not past.

    Rich Not poor

    Truth Not lies

    Truth Not liars.

  7. mao zedong says:

    civilized nations either.

    1. bury the dead

    2. cremate the dead.

    dig a big big big big big hole / Bury mao / bury the corpse / bury mao / bury the dead corpse

  8. MAO ZEDONG says:

    WEB SEARCH: 1911 / 1949:

    GOOGLE SEARCH: famines in the 1950s 1960….. truth in the public domain.. PD.

    great leap forward.. public doman PD facts

    cultural revolution: public domain PD facts….

    china from 1949–1978-1979…

    INTERNET SEARCH: mao zedong killed upwards to 45-million people… twice the peoples of Australia….

    MAO ZEDONG IS #1 MASS-KILLER OF 20TH. CENTURY…

    INTERNET WORLDWIDE NOW CAN ACCESS TO THE TRUTH.

    WEB TRUTH: MAO ZEDONG KILLED 45-MILLION IN CHINA…..

  9. MAO ZEDONG says:

    WEB SEARCH: 1911 / 1949:

    GOOGLE SEARCH: famines in the 1950s 1960s….. truth in the public domain.. PD.

    great leap forward.. public doman PD facts

    cultural revolution: public domain PD facts….

    china from 1949–1978-1979…

    INTERNET SEARCH: mao zedong killed upwards to 45-million people… twice the peoples of Australia….

    MAO ZEDONG IS #1 MASS-KILLER OF 20TH. CENTURY…

    INTERNET WORLDWIDE NOW CAN ACCESS TO THE TRUTH.

    WEB TRUTH: MAO ZEDONG KILLED 45-MILLION IN CHINA…..

  10. Dave says:

    Heck, everybody makes mistakes. Even George Washington had slaves but we still celebrate his birthday here in the USA so China might as well celebrate Mao’s birthday, too.

    China is so cool. I can’t wait to come and visit!

  11. Mike Powell says:

    From what I learned, Chairman Mao CLEANSED China from the threat of those speculators and private bankers after the 1949 right now, destroying U.S. middle-class and poor citizens’ economy.

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