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Deng Xiaoping

Deng launched China on a path of development with emphasis on the utilization of science and technology to improve the productivity of the labor force and bring about real economic growth.


A great tide of reform is sweeping across China, a land of one billion people. All over the world people are following its advance. Many of them would like to learn more about China and about the life and world of Deng Xiaoping, the chief leader of this reform.

A member of the Chinese Communist Party since his youth, Deng Xiaoping has rendered outstanding service to the Chinese people, throughout the revolution, during the development of the People's Republic and especially in recent years when he succeeded in setting the country on the road to socialist modernization. he has proved to be far-sighted and persevering, a man of quick understanding and decisive action. the contribution he has made to the revolution, his courage as an innovator have earned his the trust of the Chinese people.

In his long career as a revolutionary Deng Xiaoping has enjoyed many victories and has also been through severe tests. On more than one occasion he was subjected to unjust attack simply because he refused to abandon correct views. this, however, only increase the respect in which he was held, and ultimately he became the nation's chief policy-maker. the collective leadership which he now head has ushered China into a new historical period.

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Overseas Chinese joining in anti-Japanese war remembered

Eighty-seven-year-old Wang Yaliu, president of the Southeast Asia Machinists Association, today still remembers the moving scene of overseas Chinese's assistance to the anti-Japanese war: A Chinese laborer toiling at a port put his 0.2 yuan originally for lunch into overseas Chinese students' money-collecting box, and continued working despite hungry.

Patriotic overseas Chinese from businessmen to poverty-stricken civilians all generously contributed money, put on performances and sold goods for charity, giving energetic support to the motherland's war of resistance against Japanese aggression.

"As long as the crisis of national subjugation is not relieved, the national salvation movement will not be called off." During the war of resistance against Japanese aggression, the masses of overseas Chinese cherished the determination that "as long as national disaster is not removed, the nationals will not shirk their major responsibilities; as long as gunfire at the front is not ceased, urgent rear needs will not be suspended.

They contributed airplanes, tanks, automobiles, clothes, medicines and a large batch of other war needs. At the same time, tens of thousands of overseas Chinese, defying hardships and dangers, returned home to join in the war, returned overseas Chinese pilots became the main part of China's air force, thousands of young overseas Chinese laid down their lives for their motherland.

What was the feeling that affected the hearts of 8 million overseas Chinese? What kind of strength that brought them together with people of the motherland in resisting Japanese aggressors and fighting to the finish?

The chivalrous deeds of the overseas Chinese involved in the anti-Japanese war originated from their deep love for the motherland. When Japanese aggressors ravaged our lands and killed our compatriots, overseas Chinese had common hatred for the enemy and fought together hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder with compatriots at home.

After "the September 18" incident in 1931, the momentous anti-Japanese and national salvation movement swept the overseas Chinese society, this movement was unprecedented in the history of overseas Chinese in terms of its scale, scope, number of people, the length of time, the magnitude of its strength and the tremendousness of its influence. "The Chinese nation is not to be bullied and pledges not to be slaves of a foreign power." That is the common aspiration of Chinese sons and daughters. Their enthusiasm for safeguarding state independence and national liberation was like the force of thunderbolt, reverberating through the skies.

Chen Jiageng (Ctan Kah-kee), praised as "the banner of overseas Chinese and the glory of the nation" by Mao Zedong, exerted his utmost for national liberation and suffered immense hardships for the united struggle against Japanese aggression. He denounced traitors and advocated war of resistance, he mobilized overseas Chinese to contribute money and materials; in the face of the search and arrest by Japanese aggressors and gendarmes, he carried with him poison, ready to sacrifice himself for justice at anytime.

Returned overseas Chinese Li Lin from Indonesia "was willing to go on an expedition and stain her clothes with blood, and swore not to stop until Japanese aggressors are put down", thus becoming double-gun woman general galloping inside and outside the Great Wall.

When they were most needed in the motherland, large batches of overseas Chinese returned to the war-ridden motherland, some of them were engaged in life-and-death struggle against Japanese aggressors in the battlefield, some were engaged in rush transport of war materials, running along the rugged Yunnan-Myanmar highway, and others were participating in battleground service groups and set up overseas Chinese first-aid teams...

Such a sense of responsibility, which features that all men share a common responsibility for the fate of their country, what a great national integrity!

The magnanimous act of the overseas Chinese engaged in the war of resistance demonstrated the strong cohesion and determination of the Chinese nation to defend world peace.

Under the banner of fighting Japanese aggressors to save the country, there were over 900 overseas Chinese national salvation groups specially engaged in anti-Japanese work and scattered across the five continents. The "non-cooperation movement" and the act of boycotting Japanese goods launched by the broad masses of overseas compatriots economically dealt a heavy bow to Japanese invaders. After the outbreak of the Pacific war, overseas Chinese in Malaysia, the Philippines and other places organized anti-Japanese armed forces and rose in defense of the countries where they resided.

The vast numbers of overseas Chinese had made outstanding contributions to victory in the world anti-fascist war and had rendered indelible historical meritorious services.

Overseas Chinese compatriots exerted their utmost to aid the motherland, resisting the Japanese invaders with their flesh and blood, what a lofty overall national interest and patriotic spirit! Their deep kindred feelings and their sentiment of one blood moved the heaven and shook the earth; their heroic move of pledging to fight Japanese aggressors with one heart and one mind was most touching; they treated people on the Chinese mainland with all sincerity, and their spirit of fighting to the finish for national liberation will be remembered forever in the annals of history.

Carried on the front page of People's Daily Overseas Edition August 29, this article by Tang Song, editor of this newspaper, is translated by People's Daily Online

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It is Hard to Worship the Fuddleheaded

Fang was used, plain and simple.  He, like a Gorbachev, might have meant well.  But meaning well simply does not cut it, when they lacked the vision of seeing the real purpose of the foreign funded agitation to have their country "get democracy."  Had it not been the resolute and correct decision of the capable Chinese leaders, China today would have had the same fate as the USSR - split into 16 pieces, with her GDP dropping 70% in a couple of years, before the long painful climb back up, essentially wasting away decades of development.

It is necessary for the Chinese to ask themselves - why are Westerners so hellbent on singing the praises of those who sold out to them?  Would Americans have worship Benedict Arnold as a hero?

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Tan Ka Kee (Chen Jia Geng)

Mr. Tan Ka-kee is a famous patriotic ethnic Chinese leader and was praised by Chairman Mao with the epithet:"Banner of Ethnic Chinese, Glory of the Nation".Having a lifelong devotion to education, Mr. Tan Ka-kee set up Xiamen University in 1921, which is now acknowledged as the first university founded by an ethnic Chinese in China's modern history of education.

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Tsien Hsue-shen (钱学森)

The father of China rocketry... and first atomic bomb

Tsien Hsue-shen (钱学森)

Tsien Hsue-shenTsien Hsue-shen (Simplified Chinese: 钱学森; Traditional Chinese: 錢學森; pinyin: Qián Xuésēn; born December 11, 1911) is a scientist who was a major figure in the missile and space programs of both the United States and People's Republic of China (PRC).

Tsien was a co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, and became the "Father of Chinese Rocketry" (or "King of Rocketry") when he returned to China after being accused of being a communist by the United States government during the red scare of the 1950s the same way Wu Ningkun was accused of being an American spy in mainland China.

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In 1955 Tsien was released and deported from the United States as a part of post-Korean war negotiations to free American prisoners of war held by China. He went to work as head of the Chinese missile program immediately upon his arrival in China. Tsien deliberately left his research papers behind when he left the United States. Tsien joined the Communist Party of China in 1958.

Tsien established the Institute of Mechanics and began to retrain Chinese engineers in the techniques he had learned in the United States and retool the infrastructure of the Chinese program. Within a year Tsien submitted a proposal to the PRC government to establish a ballistic missile program. This proposal was accepted and Tsien was named the first director of the program in late 1956. By 1958 Tsien had finalized the plans of the Dongfeng missile which was first successfully launched in 1964 just prior to China's first successful nuclear weapon's test. Tsien's program was also responsible for the development of the widespread Silkworm missile.

In 1979 Tsien was awarded Caltech's Distinguished Alumni Award. In the early 1990s the filing cabinets containing Tsien's research work was offered to him by Caltech. At first Tsien refused but was finally convinced to accept the work by his former colleagues. Most of these works became the foundation for the Tsien Library at Xi'an Jiaotong University with rest of them went to the Institute of Mechanics. Tsien eventually received his award from Caltech, with the help of his friend Frank Marble brought it to his home in a widely covered ceremony.

Tsien retired in 1991 and has maintained a low public profile in Beijing, China.

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Qu Yuan

Qu Yuan (???-278 B.C.)
State of Chu, Warring States Period

In 299 BC after several unsuccessful attempts to conquer the state of Chu, the state of Qin invited the King of Chu over for talks. The Poet Qu Yuan, who was a minister in the Chu court at the time, feared this was a trap and urged his king not to go. The latter would not listen and accused Qu Yuan of war-mongering and was banished from the state. On the way to the talks, the King of Chu was seized by Qin troops and died in captivity three years later. Chu came under the rule of the king's eldest son, later known as King Qing Xiang who brought Qu Yuan back into the service of the state. However, under the new King, the state administration rapidly deteriorated in mismanagement and corruption.

Qu Yuan hoped to institute reforms and in his poems, satirized the corruption, selfishness and disregard for the people on the part of dubious characters who had achieved trusted positions in the Imperial Court. Neither this nor Qu Yuan's resolve to resist Qin set well with King Qing Xiang who was married to a daughter of the King of Qin. In 296 BC. Qu Yuan then in his mid 50s, was banished for the second time. Grieving for his homeland, he wandered about south of the Chang Jiang for many years. During this time he poured out his feelings of grief and concern for his state in the "Li Sao", a long autobiographical poem in which he tells of his political ideal and the corruption and mismanagement of the Chu court.

In 280 BC Qin launched an overall invasion of Chu and in 278 BC had captured the capital. This news reached Qu Yuan while he was near the Miluo River in northeastern Hunan province. Frustrated at not being able to do anything to save his state, he clasped a big stone to his breast and leaped into the river to end his life.

Qu Yuan's sufferings gained the sympathy of the people of Chu. In memory of him, every year on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, the day he drowned himself, dragonboat races, are held to represent the search for his body. The Chinese also eat zongzi, little packets of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaf, which are thrown into the river to keep the fishes from eating his body.

Qu Yuan is generally recognised as the first great Chinese poet with record. He initiated the style of Sao, which is named after his work Li Sao, in which he abandoned the classic four-character verses used in poems of Shi Jing and adopted verses with varying lengths, which gives the poem more rhythm and latitude in expression. Qu Yuan is also regarded as one of the most prominent figures of Romanticism in Chinese literature, and his masterpieces influenced some of the greatest Romanticist poets in Tang Dynasty such as Li Bai and Du Fu.

Other than his literary influence, Qu Yuan is also held as the earliest patriotic poet in China history. His political idealism and unbendable patriotism have served as the model for Chinese intellectuals to this day.

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Lei Feng (雷锋; Léi Fēng)
(December 18, 1940 - August 15, 1962)

A soldier of the People's Liberation Army of the PRC. He was characterized by propaganda as a selfless and modest figure after his death and consequently was an idol to many. Today Lei continues to serve as the idol to elementary school students who commemorate and "learn from" him in everyday life, and has become a resilient cultural icon, with many t-shirts printed with his picture on the front.

Born in Wangcheng, Hunan (near the Town of Leifeng, Changsha, Hunan, named in his honour), Lei joined the Communist youth corps when he was very young. Lei died in 1962 at the age of 22, when a telephone pole, struck by an army truck, killed him, when he was directing the truck in backing up. After Lei's death, Mao Zedong began what was to be known as the *"Learn from Comrade Lei Feng" (向雷锋同志学习) Campaign, designed to use Lei as a good example to the Chinese people to be cheerfully selfless and noble in thought.

    * the Chinese word 学习, when translated literally, can be "to learn, or learn" however, given this context, it means something like "to follow", therefore, the slogan/phrase 向雷锋同志学习 means more of something like "follow the examples of comrade Lei-Feng."

Since, March 5th has become the official "Learn from Lei Feng Day". This day involves various community and school events where people go clean up parks, schools, and other community locations. Local news on that day usually has footage from these events.

Lei's most recognizable image in popular culture is in t-shirt, he's in the same category as other revolutionary symbols including Mao Zedong and Che Guevera at street vendors. Some Lei Feng t-shirts have made their way into the United States as well. Hayden Christensen's character in the movie Life as a House is wearing a Lei Feng t-shirt.

In March 2006, China released a game titled, "Learn From Lei Feng Online," where the player has to do good deeds, fight spies, and collect parts of Mao Zedong's collection. If the player wins, they get to meet Chairman Mao in the game.

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