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AIDS was a taboo topic when Pu joined the campaign in 2000, but such is his fame that his intervention resulted in the lifting of an official ban on anti-AIDS propaganda. Now, he spends a lot of time every year traveling the length and breadth of the country delivering speeches and helping distribute medicine, condoms and pamphlets.





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The article makes me laugh: some of the greatest scientific inventions and discoveries were made or originated during the Cultural Revolution, including Lasker-prize winining medicine for malaria, the first cloning of a fish, China's first IC computer technology, the introduction of high-yielding hybrid rice, the popularization of acupuncture as anesthesia, etc. The importance of educated youth in helping rural folks was important in at least two ways: it was an opportunity for the poor masses to be exposed to ideas they've not known before, and it also helped the educated youths to know the problems of the countryside, learn from them, and become better citizens. In the article "Mao's China at 60" American writer John Walsh talked about a 13-year old girl who was taught by such an educated youth, and today the lady is "a leader of tours at a national level."

"Her English," wrote Walsh, "was better than that of many Chinese who have studied it more and even at the university level."

Read http://www.counterpunch.org/2009/10/01/mao-s-china-at-60/

As an educator, I too had met many middle-aged people(in the US) who were formerly from China's rural schools, and their despite limited education, cetainly spoke better and a few also wrote better than the so-called "university students" that are now flooding US institutions. Some went ahead and continued their studies at local and foreign universities up to doctorate levels.

By the way, there was another young educated youth who was sent to the rural areas. He not only shared his ideas with the local people, but also came to understand and thus knew better the problems China faced. This person is the first Chinese leader that I respect since 1978: Xi Jinping.

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Post time 2014-8-17 03:30:56 |Display all floors
> ... and their despite limited education, cetainly spoke better and a few also wrote better than the so-called "university students" that are now flooding US institutions.<

Typo. Should be:

"... and despite their limited education, certainly spoke better and a few also wrote better than the so-called "university students" that are now flooding US institutions."

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