Saturday marked the thirtieth anniversary of Mao Zedong‘s death. Like the closeted bones some families would rather just forget about, China seems to be serious about moving on from the helter-skelter days of high Communism, both at The Party level and at the grassroots.
Wu Zuolai, whose Sina.com blog was shut down suddenly at the end of July, is now the #1 columnist at blogging portal giant Bokee. In his post dated late Saturday night, instead of mentioning Mao by name, Wu wrote an elegant ode to ancient Chinese tyrant Qin Shihuang. Here's a snippet:
Burn books and purging Confucianists, was that for stability?
Overhauling cemeteries, was that for posterity?
Politicians for the people only have one way.
Only using votes, popular opinion, a system
Will allow for eternal peace
Under their material and spiritual shackles
To breathe a little, and from this here I sit
In front of my computer, spouting nonsense. But those
Wronged ghosts born of your crimes are still
Buried deeply in the blood puddles of history,
Hovering in the hazy sky; our own sins too are stored
Beneath your embalmed corpse, unable
To see the light of day. Those maggots near your rotting corpse
Wishing they could live forever to this day still grab at the last
Of the poison and deceit. When will we be able to break free from
Your shadow and free from your curse on China's fate?
Bless our children that they might have the freedom to breathe.
From MindMeters columnist Wu Xiaobo comes a serious look at how an entepreunerial Mao might fare in the corporate world if he were alive today: