Why Maoism still resonates in China today

We found this nostalgia extends even to the Cultural Revolution.

Washington Post
Date: May 29, 2019 
By Iza Ding and Jeffrey Javed

A portrait of Mao Zedong, China’s paramount leader and chairman of the Chinese Communist Party from 1935 until his death in 1976, is seen on Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on May 14. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a “new Long March” in the wake of an intensifying trade war with the United States. The historical metaphor evokes a parallel between Xi and Mao Zedong, who rose to power during the grueling military retreat and eventually led the Communist Party to victory over the Nationalists.

This was not the first time Xi’s rhetoric or policies stirred memories of China’s Maoist past. But there’s been little analysis of the complex emotions Mao’s memory — positive and negative — still raise among the Chinese public today, four decades after his death.

Our current study looks at the looming memory of Mao and the Maoist era. China seems to be experiencing a resurgence of Maoism in recent years, manifest in popular nostalgia for Mao and in Xi’s style of governance.    [FULL  STORY]