China’s first Cultural Revolution museum exposes Mao’s war on ‘bourgeois culture’ – Clifford Coonan

From the Independent (link):

The frightened figure in the picture is a Chinese opera star. His hair is grasped tightly in a Red Guard’s fist and he is being denounced during the , the ideological frenzy which destroyed millions of lives in China between 1966 and 1976.

The image is one of hundreds of engravings on cold grey tablets that make up the exhibits in China’s first Cultural Revolution museum, near the industrial port city of Shantou in the Guangdong district.

“There is Chinese proverb which says you should use as a mirror,” Peng Qian, a former deputy mayor of Shantou, said. Mr Peng, who was himself persecuted by Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution, was the main driving force in setting up the museum last year.

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