By Robert Weatherley
Hua Guofeng succeeded Mao in 1976, rising virtually out of nowhere following an unexceptional profession in Shanxi and Hunan. in exactly over years, Hua were eclipsed through Deng Xiaoping, a extra politically wise, innovative and charismatic determine. If Hua's upward thrust to strength was once amazing, then q4 was once much more so.
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That night members of the unit made more scarecrows, this time loading them with explosives and put them back in 32 Mao’s Forgotten Successor the same place as the previous scarecrows had been positioned. The following morning when Japanese troops kicked the scarecrows apart, they exploded in their faces. Another report explains how guerrilla volunteers under Hua’s direction painted anti-Japanese slogans such as ‘overthrow the Japanese aggressors’ (dadao riben guizi ) and hung them around the necks of scarecrows filled with explosives.
In an indirect, perhaps even accidental way, Hua’s relative insignificance and anonymity is acknowledged by the official sources on Hua’s Shanxi period that were published during the immediate post-Mao period when Hua was in power. Although, as we have seen, there is no shortage of hyperbole in the official media’s portrayal of Hua’s revolutionary years, it seems that the media was unable or maybe simply unwilling to portray him as anything other than what he was: a hard working local official.
11). The play ‘Jin Wu Sells Firewood’ provides an excellent example of the legitimising effect of the Village Drama Movement for the CCP not only among those who participated in the movement, but also among members of the audience who watched its shows. Performances of Jin Wu were extremely well attended, partly because of Hua’s close association with the play, but also because of the emotive story that it told which many of the audience could relate to from their own bitter experiences at the hands of the Japanese and local Chinese collaborators.