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From the people, to the people and for the people is what top leader Xi Jinping told a group of luminaries from the world of art and literature at a Wednesday forum.

Writers and artists have to go to the people for artistic and creative nutrition and intuition; they can ignore to do so only if they don't care whether their creations are liked or not.

Chairman Mao Zedong delivered a similar speec ...

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>sad to underestimate the aesthetic tastes of general readers and audiences by overemphasizing the role of ideological guidance in a piece of literary or art work.<

"Overemphazing ideological guidance" actually conflicts with Xi's (and Mao's) call for creative works. As Mao noted in "Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art," May 1942, "it is right for writers and artists to study literary and artistic creation." Mao explained that great works have always arisen out of minds that have truly understood the audience. Today, the vast majority of China's audience still come from the peasantry and working class, with the urban petty bourgeoisie making a significant portion. If this large majority is ignored and artistic works are produced only for an elite making up hardly 5% of the population, then such works are seldom of artistic merit or aesthetic significance. The danger, then, is to treat this 5% as representative of the general reader, though - it must be exposed - this is the 5% that, throughout the world, decide and manufacture the kind of cultural products which they think human civilization ought to see. In short, when they or their puppets talk about "overemphasizing ideological guidance", they really mean not emphasizing ideology at all, unless it is their own vulgar, bourgeois ideology which they regard as normal, universal truth.

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