Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Mao Zedong, communist dictator of China from 1949 to 1976

Mao by Andy Warhol
Originally uploaded by andydoro.
Chairman Mao was one of the most powerful men of the 20th century by virtue of leading the one billion citizens of China into a communist state.

Sadly, Mao's control led to farm policies that produced famine. In re-arranging the crop plan and the structure of farms he plunged the nation into chaos. Starvation resulted. But the outside knew nothing of that holocaust because of the communist control of news and the demographics of China. The truth was hidden behind a "bamboo curtain" of communist information control.

How do Americans tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese cultures?
One point is that the Chinese had a high civilization that was absorbed by the Koreans and, in turn, assimilated by the Japanese.

Map study:

Yangtze River flows into the East China Sea near Shanghai.
Yellow River flows into the Yellow Sea, which is near Korea.
The Great Wall more or less parallels the Yellow River - above Beijing.

The Yellow and Yangtze valleys are Cradles of Civilization and among the world's most densely-populated regions.

Flash drives:
please make sure your name is on something that's in the storage. Flash drives being forgotten in library computers would be returned quickly if student names were on some document inside.

Comapring European and Chinese astrology: what's more appealing than the Year of the Rat?