Friday, 22 June 2007

Chairman Mao Imitation

'Chen Yan, a 51-year-old woman, poses for a portrait while impersonating China's late Chairman Mao Zedong, in Mianyang, Sichuan province May 26, 2007. Chen, who stands at 1.55 meters (5 feet 1 inch) has to wear a pair of specially designed shoes to increase her height to 1.80 meters (5 feet 11 inches) to imitate Mao. She was discovered by a beautician while impersonating Mao on a local TV show. [Reuters]'

I wonder how her shoes looked like...
... and I wonder why Chinese still adore Mr. Mao?

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Anonymous said...

As a long time traveler in and observer of China, I would say that those who feel left behind in today's China have a strong nostalgia for the old Mao days when
everyone was equally poor. The beneficiaries view Mao as rather a joke.

Example from a few years back. At a tourist spot in Xian there was a
huge display of Mao buttons. My friend's comment "that's ridiculous. The girl sitting on a stool noted that her brother had made it. Oops

-Suzie- said...

Maybe the 'Mao Nostalgia' is the foreigner's fault ?
They buy all these Mao sculptures, paintings, posters and photographs as souvenirs from China. And the Chinese keep producing it.

Of course Mr. Mao looks more photogenic and friendly as Mr. A.H. from Austria or Mr. Stalin but I would not like to have one of them in my house, on my wall or on my desk.


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