Photo: The Chinese leader Mao Zedong inaugurated the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in August, 1966. It was was intended as a means of restoring the spirit of the Chinese Revolution. Mao's own personality cult took on a religious character during the movement. Valtman parodies this aspect of it by showing Mao as a Buddha-like figure borne under a canopy in a procession. Smiling followers carrying the famed "little red book" (The Thoughts of Chairman Mao) are preceded by figures bearing incense. The joyful expressions of Mao and his followers belie the widespread disorder and damage to China's educational system that resulted from the Cultural Revolution.
The Cultural Revolution in 1966 when she was seven. Xi Van Fleet, and Gordon Chang @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
Xi Van Fleet explains she is a Chinese immigrant and a private citizen who has never before been involved politically. Compelled by her personal experience during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.