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Mao Zedong, Still An Icon to Young People

World renowned Peking University is a special place to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Mao Zedong's birth. While working as a library assistant at the university he first encountered Marxism and became attracted to the ideas of Communism. He also found himself on the school's campus during the months leading up to the May Fourth Movement of 1919, which is to a great extent the fountainhead of all changes that were to take place in China in the ensuing half century.

During the 1960's and 70's Mao was feverishly revered in China and had his thoughts and theories printed into handy, small red books for the whole country to study.
With a circulation of approximately 5 billion copies in different languages, the "Little Red Book," called the "Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong", was one of the world's bestsellers at the time. 

Mao was at the forefront of change. Usually people choose to follow the changes of the times, and wait for others to stand out. When confronted with difficulties, I always hoped someone could stand out. Now I will not retreat, and will work hard to realize my goals

Today's college students can hardly understand the hardships and difficulties experienced by past generations. They are, instead, growing up in a well-off society, without many concerns. But it doesn't mean that they have nothing to learn from the late leader. Actually, Mao Zedong's works convey high ideals and aspirations. His rally for young people to be noble-minded and pure and place moral integrity above vulgar interests is still of great value to the youth of today." 

Mao Zedong used to be a god in my mind, then, his glamorous image suddenly fell to the earth as I came to know about the Cultural Revolution. But now, I would say: Mao is a great person—a great person who had made mistakes. We can't write off his achievements because of the mistakes. "