Who was Mao Zedong? We see his face everywhere — on almost every piece of money, on paintings hung in restaurants, on products sold in shops, and more. Mao was the first leader of the “People’s Republic of China,” bringing the country together despite civil war that was taking place when he came into power. To many older Chinese people, Mao is a hero, and he is almost worshiped like a God. Many younger Chinese people (and foreigners) do not like Mao. He brought Communism to China and forced people to give up their religions and other traditions in order to become more modern and industrial.
If you visit China, you will see Mao EVERYWHERE. See if you can tell which of the images below are making fun of Mao, and which are showing him respect:
As the new students arrive, I am realizing just how much I’ve learned about China since I got here. And there’s so much more to do and see. Today, we did a lot of airport pick ups, but the new session and the real exploring begin again tomorrow.