Fun Mao Quotes/Facts

mao1.jpgWay back in my undergrad years Mao Tse-Tung and I had some run-ins with one another. I wrote my undergrad thesis on Ol’ Mao, and since I spent so much time reading and researching about him, he seems to have become a character in my head that often spouts bullshit at random times in my life… Here are a few choice quotes and random facts my mind keeps dredging up as time progresses…

+In 1956 the Physical Culture and Sports Commission of the CCP recognized a new event: the Hand-grenade Toss (not to be confused with North Korea’s “Automatic Rifle Dance”)

+ Mao, like many of his countrymen, refused to brush his teeth, choosing instead to rinse with tea and chew the leaves. He answered his critics with this witty question: “Does a tiger brush his teeth?”

+ Chairman Mao, a chain-smoker of fine English cigarettes, was once advised by his doctor to cut down. Mao refused. “Smoking,” he declared, “is also a form of deep-breathing exercise, don’t you think?”

+ Though ousted from [British] Prime Ministerial office in 1974, Edward Heath continued to travel widely and enjoy the esteem of world statesmen. An early solace for his election defeat was a trip to China and a meeting with Mao Tse-Tung, who had always held him in particular regard. The cordiality of their meeting was in no way diminished by the fact that they conversed via an interpreter, on this occasion Prime Minister Chou En Lai.At one point, Chairman Mao asked Chou En Lai something which caused momentary embarrassment to show on the latter’s face.

“What did the Chairman say?” Mr Heath enquired.

“He asked why, when you arrived in Peking, you were not greeted with full state honours. I told him this was because you are no longer leader of your country,” Chou En Lai replied.

At this, Mao spoke again. “What did he say?” Mr Heath enquired.

“He asked who is now the leader of your country.”

“Mr Wilson,” replied Mr Heath.

Mao spoke again, rather more vehemently.”What did he say?” Mr Heath asked.

 He said, “May Mr Wilson stew in eternal shit.”

+ This relates to China’s sponsorship of the building of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Following the banquet to fete the visiting Sirimavo Bandaranaike (Sri Lanka’s female Prime Minister), Mao had become somewhat inebriated. He moved towards Sirimavo, grabbed her bosom and said smilingly, ‘Now I have whole of Sri Lanka in my hands.’

For this unexpected intrusion, the ever sober Sirimavo nonchalantly reached for Mao’s crotch and countered,

‘Now, I have the essence of China in my hands.’

Mao laughed uproariously and offered to sponsor the building of the BMICH.

+ From the Associated Press:

“‘Amid a discussion of trade in 1973, Chairman Mao Zedong made what Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger called a novel proposition: sending tens of thousands, even 10 million, Chinese women to the United States.’You know, China is a very poor country,’ Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department’s historian office. ‘We don’t have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands.’ A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer. ‘Do you want our Chinese women?’ he asked. ‘We can give you 10 million.’

After Kissinger noted Mao was ‘improving his offer,’ the chairman said, ‘We have too many women … They give birth to children and our children are too many.’

‘It is such a novel proposition,’ Kissinger replied in his discussion with Mao in Beijing. ‘We will have to study it.'”

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~ by herodotuswept on January 28, 2008.

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