On this date 34 years ago, Chairman Mao met with his demise.
Many say that his death marked the end of the Cultural Revolution. What a disaster.
While China woke up after a decade of terror and missed opportunities, things slowly thawed out. Even 10 years after Mao’s death, remnants of that era remained. Dark and shapeless clothing, the danwei or work unit system, and little in the way of consumer goods.
As a foreigner looking at China now, it’s hard to believe (in the major coastal cities, that is) that things were so different less than four decades ago.
But I’ll always remember the day on which Mao died.
It was my 6th birthday.