Strong Revival of Maoism and Anti-US Mentality in ChinaPosted: May 8, 2016
A grand concert of red songs including Cultural Revolution songs and personality cult songs for Mao was held at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing on May 6 near the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution on May 16.
According to SCMP’s report titled “‘Whole world should unite to defeat the American invaders and their lackeys’: controversy sparked online by ‘red songs’ at concert in Beijing”, the concert featured “red songs” praising the Communist revolution and Mao Zedong, staged in a style reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution.
Prominent at the concert are the grand choruses of the Mao personality cult song “Sailing the Seas Depends on the Helsman” under Mao’s huge portrait and the anti-US song under the Maoist slogan “Whole world should unite to defeat the American invaders and their lackeys”.
In response to criticism of the concert due to its similarity to disgraced former Chongqing Party boss Bo Xilai’s red song campaign, one of the organizers of the event, the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre, said it had been deceived by its partner, which claimed to be from the Publicizing and Teaching Socialist Core Value Office under the Central Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
According to an official of the CCP Publicity Department, there is no such Office under the Department.
However, whether the concert is sponsored by the CCP or not, the mere fact that more than 10,000 people paid 1,280 yuan each to attend the concert proves how popular Maoism and antiyankeeism are in China.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1941686/whole-world-should-unite-defeat-american-invaders-and