Documenting History: Oral History Project

The Mass Mobilization of China by Mao Zedong: The Chinese Cultural Revolution

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Title

The Mass Mobilization of China by Mao Zedong: The Chinese Cultural Revolution

Subject

oral history
China
Cultural Revolution
Chairman Mao
Mao Zedong
1950s
1960s

Description

The Cultural Revolution embodied a time of suffering of both the body and the mind, and limited the voice of the victims who are forgotten by history. Chairman Mao Zedong, leader of the Communist party, stole basic liberties from the people of China through the killing of dissenting intellects and “capitalists”. In order to understand the Revolution completely, we have to give the victims a voice by trying to understand their perspectives and stories about the Revolution. The purpose of the interview is to understand the struggles that Professor Wen Hui Li went through during the Revolution and the tremendous impact it had on his life and the life of his countrymen. Professor Li’s story provides insight into the challenge of obtaining education and being able to learn in a climate where one cannot follow their passions and personal beliefs, but rather must fall into the façade of the mobilization that Mao led. This story is inspiring as it gives voice to the those who were killed and those who were forced to be silent during the Revolution, and motivates those who are afraid to speak out themselves.

Creator

Emily Schissler

Source

American Century Project

Publisher

St. Andrew's Episcopal School

Date

February 14, 2017

Contributor

Alex Haight

Format

66 : bound ; 28 cm. + 1 USB.

Language

English

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Emily Schissler

Interviewee

Wen-Hui Li

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Citation

Emily Schissler , “The Mass Mobilization of China by Mao Zedong: The Chinese Cultural Revolution,” Documenting History: Oral History Project, accessed October 22, 2020, http://documentinghistory.org/items/show/67.

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