Posted by Eric Mu on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 10:41 AM
Mao Xinyu (毛新宇), holder of a PhD on the history of Chinese Communist Party, newly appointed member of the CPPCC National Committee, and grandson of Chairman Mao prepared four proposals for this year's National People's Congress. Three of them are connected to his grandfather.
Mr. Mao said his proposals are “about the relation between Mao Zedong’s theories and the development of our education system, Mao Zedong’s economic theory and the development of companies in our country, Mao Zedong’s “Three Lines” theory and the location of our country's industries. But the only proposal that I have so far completed is the proposal to develop the China Traditional Medicine".
Below is an interview with Mr Mao that has been reposted on a blog; it was originally published in a newspaper called Xinkuaibao (新快报). He answers questions about his family, his reputation as a "slovenly person", his large girth, as well as his proposal to the CPPCC.
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Q: You have said that your grandfather is god; is he a perfect man to you?
Q: If you had the chance to meet him, what would you say to him?
Q: You were born into an “emperor’s family”, and your life has always been the focus of public attention, is there anything that makes you feel bad about it? Given the choice, would you like to live this kind of life again?
Q: Are you in touch with other 'Red Descendants'?
Q: As one of the Red Descendants, do the incumbent leaders of the country give you any special attention or favors?
Q: The field of your research covers Mao Zedong thought and his military theories. You you are also a senior colonel in the PLA. Aside from your job and social activities, what is your daily life like?
Q: Some people say you used to be a slovenly person. When you were at university, you were unwilling to keep your bed tidy and therefore could not always meet the university requirements. Could you please introduce what kind of person you are in your daily life?
Q: Could you talk a little about your family? Your mother's health, and your wife's job? How is your child?
Q: 2008 is the Olympic year, what do you think of our country's ability to hold the Games? Have you considered becoming an Olympic torch bearer?
Q: Don’t you wish you could be the one to do the Olympic torch lighting ceremony?
Q:Will you go to see the Games? What sports do you like?
Q: Is there any athlete that you like very much?
Q: Do you personally know him？
Q: Yao Ming was recently injured, did you send your regards to him?
Q: As a military theory expert, what is your opinion on the cross-straits relationship ?
Q: Some descendants of famous people like Jiang Youbo, Jiang Youchang (蒋友柏, 蒋友常 — great grandsons of Chiang Kai-shek) went into business. What do you think of that?
Q: The super ministries plan was announced on the afternoon of March 11th. What do you think about it?
Q: The proposal you have issued has to do with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Would you elaborate on it?
Q: What do you think elementary school kids could learn about TCM?
Q: Anything else in your proposal?
Q: Did everyone discuss your proposal?
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