Following the death of Mao Anqing, son of Mao Zedong, the Los Angeles Times takes a look at the lives of Mao’s children:
Anqing lived in relative obscurity. He and his elder brother spent their early lives in Shanghai, where their mother ” Mao’s second wife, Yang Kaihui ” was a communist activist. The sons sold newspapers and scavenged garbage to help support themselves, according to state media. Anqing is said to have suffered head trauma as a youth in a beating by Shanghai police.
After their mother was executed by the Nationalists, the two boys were smuggled by the Communist Party to the Soviet Union, where they spent about a decade. Their younger brother, Anlong, died as a child. [Full text]