The Cultural Revolution That Took Place in China

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In the last few years China is quickly becoming the country that has stolen all of the jobs from the United States. Maybe there is something to be gained from looking at how the Chinese people do things and what they view as important. The Cultural Revolution that took place in China greatly changed how the Chinese do things. Starting in 1966 this revolution ended how “Old China” viewed and did things. Mao Zedong had a different plan for China, one that desired to take away the freedoms that Chinese had experienced in the years before (Nakate 1). After Zedong died the Chinese People were able to get back to what they had been before. “The modern Chinese culture is a blend of Communism, economic changes, and the old traditions of China” (Nakate 1). While I do not agree with Communism, other things that China has been doing for so long seem to be working. Maybe it is just because the people are so oppressed that they do not know any better. History is something that needs to be considered when looking at the culture of the Chinese. “Consider the past and you will know the present” (Samover 82). This Chinese Proverb clearly states that if one would want to know what the present is like then they need to look at the past. In other words a culture is defined by its history. The Chinese people have a market driven economy which has helped them to become one of the superpowers in the world. They have become a major player on the world stage, which is indicated by the fact that China’s GDP is was the third largest in 2007, and I imagine it may have moved up since then (Samover 84). The fact that they have become so powerful, in light of their Communist background, is probably the driving factor in the dislike tha...

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