I know son, we have to keep working, so we could feed China.
Dad, I am hungry.
I am going to have to report you for questioning Mao Zedong
Yu Gang is a peasant and was put into a commune to become a farmer. Yu Gang became a farmer to replace the former farmers who were taken to work in factories and mines. Yu is growing food for the whole population of China. Yu Gang has been working long hours and is becoming very tired. Though no matter what he has to keep going, China is relying on the food the communes grow.
Yu Gang has a son named Yu Tao. Gang and Tao are starving but they still have to keep working to keep the Chinese government happy. The Commune leaders were telling the government that they grew a lot of food but they really did not. Because of this, the government ended up taking most of the food because they thought there was more food for everyone. Many Commune workers died of starvation.
Mao Zedong Dies
Mao Zedong had died.
Yu Tao attends school and he is very supportive of Mao Zedong. His father questions Mao's decisions so Tao, who becomes a Red Guard decides to report his own father. Red Guards are young people who worship Mao Zedong. Red Guards make dazibaos which is reporting someone who is questioning Mao. Those people will be imprisoned, also the red Guards attacked people.
Yu Gang was imprisoned and in prison he passed away while the Cultural Revolution was still going on. Since he questioned Mao Zedong he was put in prison for his thoughts/ beliefs.
I don't feel good and I am stuck in this jail.
After the Cultural Revolution, all the Red Guards went to work on the farms to calm them down. The Red Guards beat people to death because the military could not interfere. While they are working on the farms Mao Zedong dies which mad everyone very sad.
Why did he have to die?
During the four modernizations, students got the change to go to other countries to get a better education so that when they come back to China, they could teach others. Also, the military was being updated and China was having better science and technology.
I got a college education! Thank you for the oportunity.