Monthly Archives: November 2013

Week 12/13: Great Leap Forward & the Cultural Revolution

Unit THREE test will be Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Final projects:
1. Discussion on The Pauper’s Co-Op from Through Chinese Eyes.
2. Review and return Unit Two Test
3. Introduce Cultural Revolution & Great Leap Forward project.
Recommended reading: Read: China to ease Longtime Policy of 1-Child Limit for Friday. Or there is another similar story at Washington Post. These are both great articles talking about how these decisions being made today connect with China’s recent past.
Ms. Lee will be teaching a lesson the propaganda posters used during the Cultural Revolution.
Wednesday & Thursday
LMC workdays. 
Friday is a classroom workday and current events. You and your group will have time to organize what you’ve found and decide sequencing for the presentation. You’ll also be sifting through some print resources.
Presentations will be Monday and Tuesday of next week. If you are absent for your group’s presentation, you will need to submit a 4 page paper, double-spaced detailing your group’s work with a particular emphasis on your own document.

Great Leap Forward (1958-1961)

Background (Secondary Sources)

  1. Communal living and working
  2. PRC under Mao timeline
  3. China’s Leap Forward to communism (Harvard lecture)
  4. Mao’s Great Famine documentary
  5. Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao’s Great Famine review
  6. Mao’s Great Leap to Famine
  7. Alternative view to the Great Leap Forward from
  8. Chapters 1, 2, & 4 of this thesis offer an excellent detailed overview of the Leap.
  9. French & Chinese documentary on the Famine within the Great Leap Forward.
  10. Watch excerpt from PBS’s The People’s Century: Great Leap. It is shown in several segments on youtube. It contains information for both groups.
  11. Political Economy and the Great Leap Forward (Mt. Holyoke essay)
  12. People’s Century: Communism and the Great Leap Forward from China in Revolution: Great Leap Forward, 1958

Primary Sources

  1. Dali Lang’s account of the Great Leap Forward
  2. Propaganda Posters created
  3. Intellectual opinions from the Hundred Flowers Period
  4. How China Proceeds with the task of Industrialization
  5. The Question of Agricultural Cooperation
  6. Formerly top-secret US CIA document from 1960 explaining the Great Leap Forward
  7. More Chinese propaganda posters

Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)

Background  (Secondary Sources)
  1. Watch Overview of the Cultural Revolution (What was the role of youth?)
  2. PRC under Mao timeline
  3. Groups helping implement the Cultural Revolution: Group of 5 and the Cultural Revolution Group
  4. Read Mao and Me
  5. Morning Sun video from Harvard
  6. Cultural Revolution (BBC)
  7. University of Washington: Cultural Revolution
  8. Voices of the Cultural Revolution (those who supported it…)
  9. Watch excerpt from PBS’s The People’s Century: Great Leap. It is shown in several segments on youtube. It contains information for both groups.
  10. Introduction to the Cultural Revolution.
  11. Contemporary Reference:
    1. How Mao became a Hipster Icon
    2. In China, Feudal Answers for Modern Problems

Primary Sources

  1. Sixteen Points: Guidelines for the Great Proletariat revolution
  2. Morning Sun web resource with extensive primary sources
  3. Long Live the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (Peking Review, 1966)
  4. Student Attacks Against Teachers: The Revolution of 1966 (interviews from those who were in the Revolution)
  5. More Chinese propaganda posters
  6.  “The East is Red” is the melody is from an old North China folk song and the lyrics were attributed to a farmer, Li Youyuan. It was the de facto National Anthem during the Cultural Revolution.


Mao’s Legacy? Merry Mao-Mas!

Tibetan Book collection dodges the Cultural Revolution


Week 11: Mao’s PRC


1. Interview with woman with bound feet.

2. Discussion on Wild Swans. 

3. Listen to interview with the author of Wild Swans.


1. Painful Reminders of China’s Footbinding Survivors (

2. Lecture on the Confucian traditions involving women.

3. Tuesday Tunes. “The East is Red” is the song for Tuesday Tunes this week. The melody is from an old North China folk song and the lyrics were attributed to a farmer, Li Youyuan. It was the de facto National Anthem during the Cultural Revolution and was played over PA systems in every town and village at dawn and dusk. Students were required to sing the song in unison at the beginning of every school day. The official anthem, “The March of the Volunteers” was forbidden during the Cultural Revolution because its author, Tian Han, was imprisoned.

After Mao’s death and the rise of Deng Xiaoping, the song was rarely heard and is still seen as a embarrassing reminder of Mao’s cult of personality and of the Cultural Revolution.
The translated lyrics:
The east is red, the sun rises.
From China arises Mao Zedong.
He strives for the people’s happiness,
Hurrah, he is the people’s great savior!
(Repeat last two lines)Chairman Mao loves the people.
He is our guide
to building a new China
Hurrah, lead us forward!
(Repeat last two lines)The Communist Party is like the sun,
Wherever it shines, it is bright.
Wherever the Communist Party is,
Hurrah, there the people are liberated!
(Repeat last two lines)
1. Read Mao and Me.
2. Significant aspects of Mao’s reign. Review the timeline from the slides.
3. French & Chinese documentary on the Famine within the Great Leap Forward.
Begin The Mao Years from China in Revolution
2. Creating Mao’s propaganda posters.
No School

Week 10: China in Revolution

1. Current Events
2. Discussion on the New Culture Movement (Yi’s presentation/notes)

Tuesday & Wednesday:
Tuesday Tunes:  For Tuesday tunes this week we will listen to the National Anthem of The Republic of China. The text was written by several Kuomintang members and debuted on July 16, 1924 as the opening of a speech by Sun Yat-sen. After the success of the Northern Expedition, it became the Kuomingtang party anthem and the music was added by Ch’eng Mao-yun, who won a contest to compose the piece. It became the national anthem in 1943 and continues to be the national anthem of Taiwan.



China in Revolution. We’ll be finishing a documentary that traces the rise, unification between, and divergence of the Nationalist and Communist parties in China. We’ll be using the DVD of the film but it is available in segments on youtube here. Be thinking about these questions as you watch: b. How and why do the Communists rise to power rather than the Nationalists?
c. How do world events interfere with the Chinese civil war?


Field trip to UW Madison Bridge Symposium including a trip to the design gallery.

1. Debrief field trip.
2. Equality in Republican China-a look at gender relations during the civil war.