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Cultural Revolution - Female PLA and Worker

Cultural Revolution - Female PLA and Worker


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During the ten years of Chaos, known to others as Cultural Revolution, Mao encouraged the class struggles, as a way of separating the true Mao believers vs. not the non Mao believers. One of the most significant case was a land owner named “Liu Wen Cai”, who died in 1947 of long term illness. During Cultural Revolution, his case was revisited and an entirely new storyline was made to let people believe that Liu Wen Cai was a horrible capitalist who killed many peasants with his underground prison. Each city in China developed their own version of Liu Wen Cai’s story, and class education was conducted using clay figures, featuring Liu Wen Cai putting down peasants. In this color ceramics statue, it features a female People’s Liberation army soldier and a factory worker holding down a man who’s wearing a board that states “Land owner Liu Wen Cai”. The irony of this storyline is that this scenario never really happened in real life as Liu Wen Cai died long before these people entered the political stage, however this class struggle scene was repeated and made into movies and museums. In fact, each major city set up a museum featuring clay figures and story lines of Liu Wen Cai’s alleged crime. Post Cultural Revolution, these museums were closed and the central government of China issued statements that none of the stories were true and that Liu Wen Cai, in real life was not only not a criminal but also someone who saved many Guerra soliders during the war Japan invasion. This color ceramics statue is yet another example of the chaotic years in recent Chinese history. Size: 7" wide by 4.5" deep by 10" tall. Weight: 3.5 pounds.