PRC's Mao Culture

PRC's Mao Culture

The culture of the People’s Republic of China before 1978 was highly influenced by the personality cult of Mao Zedong. Most people were required to recite quotations of Chairman Mao and printed material at that time usually quoted Mao’s words in bold as well as in the preface. In fact, the book “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung,” which included quotations from Mao, could be found in bookstores in 117 countries and territories around the world by 1967. Some sources claim that over 6.5 billion printed volumes of it have been distributed to date. It was essentially an unofficial requirement for every Chinese citizen to own, read, and carry at all times.

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