No More Chinese Communist Party

May 5, 2008

CULTURAL REVOLUTION CONFERENCE MINES HISTORICAL TRUTH AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY

Lately I have been perplexed by the difference between the typically heard Chinese version of human rights and the Western peoples general impressions about human rights in China.  I think it could be figured out to a pretty good extent by examining carefully the Cultural Revolution.  So many issues are emcompassed by this movement in Chinese/communist history. One reality that we all have to face is what will happen when the people who bear witness to the hidden historical truths start passing away? I do believe there are written documents attesting to these accounts, but the CCP will not stop until evidence of it’s crimes are muted IMO.  it is normal behavior for a criminal to try to get away with it, so it is up to the just to see to it that the criminal be put to justice.  I wonder if Chinese people are in agreement with that kind of thinking?

For example: what ideals have been indoctrinated by the communist system in the past 50 years?  What is the role of ideals and the role of political struggles in CCP policy?; What is the Chinese culture now that the cultural revolution and ideology has permeated education in China?; Does the experiences in politics and revolution as well as communist education shape the way Chinese people view human rights as a concept?; Do the Chinese people believe that the Cultural Revolution was inspired by people and democracy whereas it was instigated by a cult of communist worship?; Do the actions of people during the cultural revolution cause the Chinese people to think that this is what people would be like if they were more free?  There’s a reason this topic is banned.

Here are a few exerpts from Yongyi Song’s report on the conference:

The Chinese government has long banned Cultural Revolution research in order to cover up historical truth and prolong its dictatorial rule, but in May this year more than 60 researchers and scholars dealt a blow to historical amnesia by gathering in New York City for an international conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution.”

The success of this conference was a tribute to the tenacity of Chinese people’s conscience and moral integrity against China’s totalitarian power. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its leader Mao Zedong not only ruthlessly purged perceived political rivals, but also caused the deaths and persecution of millions of innocent people and the destruction of irreplaceable cultural relics and historical sites throughout China, and plunged the country into economic devastation.All this was done in the name of “class struggle,”“continuous revolution,” and “destroying the Four Olds.” One of the worst man-made catastrophes in Chinese history, it is comparable to the Holocaust launched by the Nazis against the Jews.”
Owing to the fact that this decade-long catastrophe was perpetrated by the CCP and its “Great Leader” Mao Zedong, the CCP has banned independent Cultural Revolution research in China ever since the Cultural Revolution ended 30 years ago. This year, the Chinese government has not only strictly prohibited any commemorative and research activities about the Cultural Revolution, but it also spared no effort to prevent commemorative activities held outside China. For instance, some 20 scholars from China were invited to participate in the New York symposium, but the Chinese government refused them permission to attend on the pretext of “preventing interference from hostile forces overseas.” Prominent scholars who were denied their rights to participate in the conference included Professor Ding Dong of Shangxi Social Science so on, so on, so on,,,. However, eight other mainland scholars managed to overcome various obstacles and find their way to the conference.They included Zhu Zheng, a noted historian on contemporary Chinese history, renowned reporter Gao Yu, independent Cultural Revolution researcher Xu Hailiang, and Yu Jie,Vice President of the Independent Chinese PEN Center.Those who were barred from attending the conference submitted written papers.”
The challenging aspect was in the revelations of historical truth long covered up by the CCP, the refutations of official Cultural Revolution theories, and the questions raised about the legitimacy of CCP rule from a historical perspective. For instance, some well-known Cultural Revolution victims, such as Liu Shaoqi, Deng Xiaoping and Ye Jiangying, who assisted Hua Guofeng in toppling the “Gang of Four,” have long been viewed as “pure victims and resisters” during the Cultural Revolution. However, some papers at the conference convincingly pointed out their additional roles as participants, supporters and perpetrators of the Cultural Revolution whose differences with Mao were purposely exaggerated by the government after the Cultural Revolution.
Frankly, as great as it is for them to hold this conference,I think that it could have been a lot more pertinent and to the point, but they gave their names and were returning to China and likely have families and homes in China that they are afraid to jeopardize, understandably.
Here is what I see as a balanced look at the Cultural Revolution.
I hope historical facts will someday be something Chinese and Western people can share an understanding on, otherwise one (or both) will always think the other is biased, unfair, lying or stuff like that that’s happening now.

 

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5 Comments »

  1. well in fact cultural revolution is not so secret as the protest in 1989. At least there is a whole chaper in my high school textbook talking about it. And the CCP has admited that it’s their fault.(They seldom admit something they are wrong…) And they admited that cultural revolution was misled by Mao,and it’s a big mistakel. But maybe not so much research about it can be done. That’s indeed a disaster,my grandpa somethimes told me some story about it, something happened seem so rediculors now but it did happened at that time. However, I don’t see much relationship between cultural revolution and people’s opinion about human rights. But I do think education may contribute a lot.

    Comment by srh — May 7, 2008 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  2. I think the Cultural Revolution was a state of mind, a sort of absolutism that made people not able to be calm or rational. This is the aspect that has not at all ended with the end of the campaign. The CCP works like a religion that teaches people to be very one-sided and uninquisitive. It’s the mob mentality, maybe you know about North Korea? Maybe not… But it is a good example of communist country where people are denied access to multiple perspectives and are indoctrinated with political religion. (It is like hell there because the government is psycho!!! He just treats people like toys, animals and has no problem to starve them and kill them….it’s true sadly…) N. Korea and the CCP have very ‘good relations’ because they both believe in this kind of crazy behaviour. CCP sends people who escape into China back to that country for torture and murder…

    Anyway, sorry, I was saying how the Cultural Revolution is not over, it is only different from the appearance. The CR was just about harnessing support of the masses, using religious excitement and irrational belief in order to gain status for Mao and his stupid ideas.

    The CCP continues to use the Chinese people in the same way, but it is not really working so well because the Chinese have access, like you, to more that the CCP would like. Not like the North Koreans who are really really trapped. Deng Xiaoping should have made reforms on human rights policies when he opened up the economy. And he should not have treated people they way he did when he murdered so many people in the square. But he did the will of the party and the party’s will is its own self interest.

    Anyway, I hope you are doing fine, I am always looking at my computer lately, it’s kinda hard, but today I found some really good stuff, so I’ll try to last long enough to post…

    Best wishes,

    Carry Anne

    Comment by carryanne — May 8, 2008 @ 12:01 am | Reply

  3. I didnt mean to smiley face when I was talkin about N Korea.

    (- :

    Comment by carryanne — May 8, 2008 @ 12:02 am | Reply

  4. I’ve heard of the NK refugees, I also know the Darfur, Burma, etc.and feel sad about that.

    You know what, when something were told again and again,not only by textbook but also by media, these things may become truth, and people may have a belief in it. Even for some goverment official,sometimes they are not doing something deliberate, they just believe so.

    “sovereignty is more important than human rights” is kind of these stuff. and in fact, most Chinese have no ideas about what is human rights. For most Chinese, the term “human rights” just become a excuse of western country to critisize China becaurse they are afraid of china’s development and getting stronger.

    “stable is the most important thing” is also this kind of stuff. So everything may cause instable must be banned. Such as freedom of press, freedom of speech, internet,etc. And people get used to it. Ignorance is bliss! when everyone believes so, it’s okay,so I think people in NK maybe never think there are so many people all around the world caring about them, and they feel they are fine.

    But globalization will bring problems, when China becomes more and more open, more Chinese will find out that people in other countries don’t think the same as we do, then things are going to change, then CCP have to change its policy too. well, I’m optimist about that!

    Comment by srh — May 8, 2008 @ 4:09 am | Reply

  5. Those are good points. I also think that eventually the truth will come out, so what I am doing is just trying to share with other people, because when the truth comes out, I want people to already know and have already been part of the solution. Did you read my two last posts? One is from a guy who is expressing regret about what a liar he has been in his job with Chinese media. His words are very beautiful and now I think he will feel more free and will feel much more proud of himself. The last post is an article from a girl who admits that the actions and words of the ultranationlists who curse Tibetans without even willing to stop and use their brains… She and Mr.Ping are probably being cursed as traitors all over the net now, but they are exactly the opposite. I think it is much more meaningful for Chinese people to recapture their own dignity by speaking from their hearts. If globalization factors force the Chinese people out of their ignorance, will they have their dignity? Not really. The true patriots will take it upon themselves to restore China and it’s people to the great and natural way it was destined to be.

    I know this is getting long but I’ll push you further (so to speak). I will show you a passage from 9 comment of CCP…This book is pretty widely secretly spread in China and I heard that the people who read it and understand China, agree with what it says, you can judge for yourself..

    “Abandoning Conscience and Sacrificing Justice for the Party’s Interests

    In the book On the Communist Party’s Moral Development, Liu Shaoqi [8] expounded especially on the need “for party members to subsume their individual interests to the Party’s interest.” Among the CCP members, there has never been a lack of righteous people who are concerned about the country and its people, nor has there been a shortage of honest and upright officials who have truly served the people. But in the CCP’s machinery of self-interest, these officials cannot survive. Under constant pressure to “submit humanity to party nature,” they often find it impossible to continue, risk being removed from positions, or worse, become corrupt.

    Chinese people have personally experienced and deeply felt the CCP’s brutal regime and have developed a profound fear of the CCP’s violence. Therefore, people dare not uphold justice and no longer believe in the heavenly laws. First they submit themselves to the CCP’s power. Gradually they become unfeeling and unconcerned about matters not affecting themselves. Even the logic of their thinking has been consciously molded to succumb to the CCP. This is the result of the CCP’s mafia nature.”

    Anyway, that is quite in depth, the book is like that, very detailed…

    I just realized that I lost my post from last night about Zhang Ping, so I’ll have to redo it right away.

    Things are getting pretty intense eh?

    Peace (- :

    Carry Anne

    Comment by carryanne — May 8, 2008 @ 9:53 am | Reply


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