Communist Leader Mao Zedong's Home Re-Opens: Young Chinese People 'Giggled'

Communist Leader Mao Zedong's Home Re-Opens: Young Chinese People 'Giggled'

When communist revolutionary Mao Zedong’s home was re-opened as a museum on December 26th, many young Chinese people had no idea who once lived in the house and others “giggled.”

According to the National Post, the two story house where Mao lived 100 years ago is surrounded not by monuments to the revolutionary leader but to capitalism and “Shanghai’s ever-evolving affluence and aspirations.” 

The home is surrounded by the Jing An Kerry Centre–a “4.8 million sq. ft shopper’s paradise” described as “cosmopolitan chic.” Young Mao lived in the “cramped home” with “five colleagues.” He washed laundry and “delivered newspapers to make ends meet.” 

A young, female Chinese professional described the two story home as looking “a bit out of place.” She said: “I have no idea what this house is. Whenever we call [a] taxi, we tell the driver to park in front of the antique looking house and wait there since it is so easy to recognize.”

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