The Dazhai Spirit Gets Religion – Joel Martinsen

From The Danwei blog:

A large Buddhist temple has been built in the village of Dazhai, Province. The village, a renowned patriotic tourist destination, at first glance does not look like the most likely place for a temple. But this is just the latest incarnation of the famous “Dazhai Spirit.”

Dazhai first came to national prominence as a result of Mao’s proclamation: “Learn from Dazhai in Agriculture.” Under the leadership of Chen Yonggui, the people of Dazhai cleared land for agriculture and built impressive terraces on the hillsides, inspiring the flood of visiting cadres with their spirit of self-reliance. [Full Text]

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