Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A1041-W679



Release Date: August 26, 2017



Topic: The Details of the Cultural Revolution Exhibition in the US Congress in July 2017



Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)



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The Details of the Cultural Revolution Exhibition in the US Congress in July 2017



On July 27 and 28, 2017, the third "Human Rights Without Borders" exhibition and the third ceremony awarding the "Human Rights and Freedom Defender" Prize of the Wei Jingsheng Foundation was held in the foyer of Rayburn House Office Building of the US Congress. 


These events are co-sponsored by:

The Wei Jingsheng Foundation

The European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress

Freedom House

Reporters Without Borders

Tianwen United Institute

IFCSS (Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars, USA)

Chinese European Post


The main theme of this year's exhibition is in observance of the 50th year anniversary of the Cultural Revolution in China, which was a human rights catastrophe.  It was cosponsored by the Tianwen United Institute and the Wei Jingsheng Foundation.


The following is the preface and forward of this exhibition, while all the 66 pages of this exhibition is available as a pdf file at:


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What the Cultural Revolution in China Really Was

-- Preface of the Cultural Revolution Reflection Photo Exhibition,

the Theme of the Third "Human Rights Without Borders" Exhibition in the US Congress

July 27 & 28, 2017


The Cultural Revolution Reflection Photo Exhibition, organized by the Tianwen United Institute and the Wei Jingsheng Foundation, is the main theme of the 3rd "Human Rights Without Borders" Exhibition.  It is held in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building of the US Congress on July 27th & 28th of 2017.  The purpose of this exhibition is to show people the brutal influence on several generations of Chinese due to this political movement by the Communist regime exploiting people's human rights.  The influence was profound and brought disaster to the world as well.


The photo exhibition contains nearly 400 historical pictures reproducing in a panorama the historical process of the Cultural Revolution, with commentaries in both English and Chinese.  Through this exhibition, we hope the elders will re-understand and thoroughly reflect on that human catastrophe, while the younger people will learn what had happened in China 50 years ago and why it was such an historical tragedy.  Thus it will give a special warning with historical perspective to make sure that this kind of tragedy will not be repeated.


This photo exhibition was jointly planned by Zhang Boshu, Rong Wei, and Li Weidong.  Li Weidong wrote the commentaries and reproduced the photos.  Wei Jingsheng and Li Weidong wrote the preface.

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Foreword: What the Cultural Revolution in China Really Was 


The Cultural Revolution (WenGe) is the abbreviation of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which is generally considered to be from 1966 to the end of 1976.  Mao Zedong and his clique launched the so-called Cultural Revolution with an original intention and excuse as to continue the May 4 Movement of 1919 in an effort to reach the goal of eradicating traditional Chinese culture and importing the advanced culture of the West.  As such it was unanimously agreed to within the Communist Party in China from the beginning, and approved by the votes of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.


Its inner purposes were two.  One was the struggle of choosing the path, as Mao Zedong believed that the Communist Party at that time was violating the Marxist approach to the communist utopia, because it was moving towards the market economy of Capitalism.  The second was the seizure of power; in order to reverse the direction of the capitalists, Mao had to beat down those people in power who wanted the capitalist way.  He had to seize the power from the then bureaucratic class in China.


For these purposes, Mao Zedong used the faith that the Chinese Communists created for him like a god, to convince the people to overthrow the bureaucratic domination, and to devise a so-called proletarian leadership structure that obeyed his will in accordance with his imagination in carrying out the Marxist utopia.  The result was a complete failure.  The Cultural Revolution brought catastrophe to China, with countless lives lost, and resulted in stagnation and regression economically, socially and culturally in China.


This movement indeed revolutionized the Chinese traditional culture, yet without the introduction of the Western advanced culture.  Mao Zedong was successful only in creating the dictatorship as defined by Karl Marx, a barbaric culture.  The movement did not have any "big democracy" as it claimed.  Instead the result was the struggle between the different sects of the rebellion according to Mao's instruction, which were similar to religious sects.  Those who did not pursue Mao Zedong's teachings were brutally struck down, even slaughtered.


This exhibition will follow the context of "Qin Shi Huang plus Marx" as summarized by Mao himself, to show the historical trajectory of the start, development, and finally the forceful end of the Cultural Revolution.



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A1041-W679



Release Date: August 26, 2017



Topic: The Details of the Cultural Revolution Exhibition in the US Congress in July 2017



Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)



















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