This was during the Great Leap Forward. The Great Leap Forward was a time period where millions of Chinese people starved to death because of the lack of food. When Mao established the 5-year plan they focused way too much on making new railroads and factories, while their agricultural wasn't improving at all. So people were sent to communes to make food for themselves and the people of China. At the end because of people overestimating and slacking lots of people died.
Its a honor to die for Mao!!!
This is Shao Ping. When his father died because of the Great Leap Forward, he got really into old books this was before the Cultural Revolution. He hid his books under his mom's bed, not knowing what would come in the near future.
I love these old books.
Going to hide them under my moms bed, then I might forget about them for couple of years.
Shao Ping's mom got arrested all because of him.
What??? I never put those under my bed!! Don't arrest me!!!
Look what I found books of old you are under arrest!!!!
Those are my books should I say something???
This was during the Cultural Revolution. The Cultural Revolution was when Mao wanted to get rid of all old things so that people didn't want to convert back to their old ways. So Mao took young teens, gave them the red book, and made them into red guards. The had the power to take anyone away who they didn't think was loyal to Mao. If you were found with one of the four olds you were most likely never seen again. After Mao realized his misakes, he sent them to farms on the country side to cool down.
Shao Ping was on his own after that he rented a cheap room, and was slowly withering away.
One day the government called him asking if he wanted to go to America and learn how to become a teacher, he accepted.
The four modernizations were when Mao died and Deng Jinping took over, he realized that China was behind in all major aspects of a powerful country. So he sen people over to America to learn and study, opened China up for foreign business, and improved his military up to date.
Go to America for free to learn, and become a teacher.
This was Tiananmen Square. Young college students protested for freedom, but Deng did not like that, and he wanted to show off his power, so he shot at all of them. Lots of people lost their lives, and the government tried to cover it up.
Shao lost his life saving his students, he ran in front of a bullet. Shao was known as a hero throughout the school