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Teaching a Five Year Old a Song from the Great Cultural Revolution

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Published on Dec 16, 2013

Teaching a Five Year Old a Song from the Great Cultural Revolution


Not only does the People's Liberation Armys of the Republic of China censure Youtube and Vimeo, they also censor their own historic songs.

When asked my Chinese teacher and friend Liu Ya-Nan to teach my son Edgar and me a song from the cultural revolution - we discovered that this specific song was nowhere to be found on any website. Also,very informed younger folks - for example the writer Mian Mian - never have heard this song. Only the older folks who consciously lived or suffered through the years of 1966 and afterwards remembered this song.

Given the lyrics of the song, mass persecutions and killings of intellectuals and elder people in power started right after the mass meetings and the singing of these songs.

approx. : "Take your pen and make it into a weapon to fight the bad ones. Those who hesitate to think that the party is gereat
we will send to the
God of Death"




Rainer Ganahl,

special thanks to Liu, Ya-Nan and Edgar Ganahl.

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