Mao Zedong And Its Effects On The Chinese Society

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Even before WWII, communism had already existed in the Chinese story and now it would grow to become a foundational characteristic of its government. In-between WWI and WWII, Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-Shek and been squaring off against each other in a civil war. WWII interrupted the civil war, but the disputes that had created conflict in the first place had been far from settled. WWII sucked any strength the Chinese government had in its fight against Mao. As a result, Mao Zedong took control of the government from Chiang’s nationalists and established the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. Mao’s reign of China lasted for almost three decades and China experienced massive change from the new government. In particular, two of Mao’s most well-known policies radically altered the fabric of the Chinese society. First, the Great Leap Forward saw the country succumb to mass starvation as Mao took the collectivization of rice to the maximum level of state control. As a result, estimated numbers and poor management created a system that took the life of millions of Chinese peasants. Second, the Cultural Revolution saw entire families being ripped apart due to their political affiliations. Laing Heng’s story shows how the Cultural Revolution affected the average Chinese citizen. At the age of four, Laing Heng would be forever tarnished from his dreams as his mom was labeled a rightist and, therefore, was not able to join the professional basketball team decades later.
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