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CHP-090-The Cultural Revolution Part 8

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 | 2 comments

In this final episode of the Cultural Revolution overview we look at the events that went down in 1976 as well as the massive mopping up operation that took place after the fall of the Gang of Four.

TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  • Babaoshan 八宝山 Cemetery in Beijing reserved for leaders and revolutionary heroes
  • laobaixing 老百姓 common people
  • lingdao  领导 leader
  • Hua Guofeng 华国锋 Mao’s successor
  • Zhu De 朱德 Marshal and founder of PLA
  • Tangshan Earthquake 唐山地震 Earthquake that flattened the city of Tangshan in Hebei province July 28, 1976
  • Wang Dongxing 汪东兴  Mao’s bodyguard, replaced Yang Shangkun as head of Central Office, head of the elite Unit 8341
  • Ye Jianying 叶剑英 Old Guard leader and close ally of Deng
  • Li Xiannian 李先念 Old Guard leader and close ally of Deng
  • Zhongnanhai 中南海 The government compound next to the Forbidden City
  • Wang Hongwen 王洪文 Gang of Four member
  • Zhang Chunqiao 张春桥 Gang of Four member
  • Yao Wenyuan 姚文元 Gang of Four member
  • Chen Boda 陈伯达 CCRG leader and one of the principle figures of the CR
  • Guangzhou 广州 Guangzhou City, also known as Canton
  • dongbei 东北  Northeast
  • xinan 西南 Southwest
  • gaige kaifang 改革开放  Reform & opening up
  • Chen Yun 陈云  Old guard leader responsible mostly for the economy
  • Wang Guangmei 王光美 Widow of President Liu Shaoqi
  • Peng Zhen 彭真 Former Beijing Party Boss and earliest Cultural Revolution victim
  • Wo shi zhuxi de yitiao gou, zhuxi yao wo yao shui jiu yao shui  我是主席的一条狗, 主席要我咬谁就咬谁。I was Chairman Mao’s dog, I bit whoever he asked me to bite.
  • Wu Faxian 无法显  Lin Biao close ally and commander of Air Force

 

ALSO, FOR YOUR INTEREST:

THIS AMERICAN LIFE: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/467/americans-in-china

MAO’S LAST REVOLUTION By, Roderick Macfarquhar & Michaek Schoenhals ( http://amzn.to/OcsfGu )

THE UNKNOWN CULTURAL REVOLUTION: LIFE & CHANGE IN A CHINESE VILLAGE,  By Dongping Han (http://amzn.to/MNG5i9)

Evan Osnos most excellent blog for the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos

Michael Meyer’s book on living in a hutong in Beijing: http://amzn.to/LKSEut

Michael has a book coming out later about living up in the boondocks of northeast China.  Can’t wait!!!!

 

 

 

你办事我放心, With you in charge I am at ease. The brief reign of Hua Guofeng was mostly built on the symbolism behind this iconic image from the tail end of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

2 Comments

  1. Just letting you know how much I appreciate your podcast, and especially this series, well done. thanks,

    • 不敢当! You are too kind.

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