Thursday, July 15, 2010
Chairman Mao is Watching You
Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the center of the communist government.
On every street in every corner of the city there are military police and images of national communist pride.
And the late Chairman Mao is overseeing it all.
In modern times the traditional, stern images of Mao have been replaced by a kinder, more grandfatherly Mao. He's not the guy responsible for the deaths of 50 million people; no, he's the guy who loved to pet kittens and kiss babies. His Little Red Book is on sale everywhere in Beijing, in every language imaginable.
It's all part of the revisionist history that's being passed off as fact. There are still serious issues in China related to personal liberties and human rights.
The photos above were shot at Tiananmen Square.