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 A Heart-Stirring Performance

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Source: Peking Review, No. 25, June 20, 1969
Transcribed by www.wengewang.org

    TWENTY actors and actresses, holding golden sunflow-era, dancing with overwhelming enthusiasm and singing songs at the top of their voices, enthusiastically praised our great leader Chairman Mao at a recent theatrical performance in Peking. Every item on the programme won deafening applause from the audience.
     These are not ordinary performers. They had been either deaf, dumb, blind or paralysed a year ago. Among the 20 items performed were: The East Is Red, a song in praise of our great leader Chairman Mao Tsetung, sung by several youngsters who had been deaf-mutes; We Wish Chairman Mao a Long, Long Life, a dance performed by those who had been paralysed or victims of polio; and quotations from Chairman Mao read by those who had been blind for many years.
     The ages of the performers ranged from 8 to 31. They cherish boundless love for and are boundlessly loyal to the great leader Chairman Mao. During the
Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution a medical team of the Chinese People's Liberation Army treated and cured them and enabled them to give this performance. Every time they came on stage they held aloft their red copies of Quotations From Chairman Mao Tsetung, jumped with joy and cheered: "Long live Chairman Mao!" They sang and danced to convey their heartfelt praise for the great leader Chairman Mao and great Mao Tsetung Thought. Their performance deeply touched the audience, many of whom were moved to tears. Some went up on the stage after the performance and presented the performers with glistening Chairman Mao badges.
     All these unusual performers are sons and daughters of workers or poor or lower-middle peasants. As a result of the counter-revolutionary revisionist line pushed by the arch renegade Liu Shao-chi in medical and health work, they were not given timely treatment. Some of them had become handicapped in childhood, while others were born deaf and dumb. All had been deemed "incurable" by bourgeois "famous doctors" and "specialists."
     However, the medical team of P.L.A. Unit 3225, by relying on invincible Mao Tsetung Thought, gave them acupuncture treatment and succeeded in restoring their ability to hear, see, speak and move. Consisting of only one army doctor and six nurses or medical orderlies, this team has in the last two years cured more than 1,000 patients, including deaf-mutes and those suffering from blindness, paralysis, polio or other difficult ailments.
     To express their enormous gratitude to the great leader Chairman Mao, representatives of the cured patients formed an art propaganda team in November of 1958 to spread Mao Tsetung Thought. They set up a repertoire based on their own experiences. They eulogized great Mao Tsetung Thought and Chairman Mao's revolutionary line, which had saved them from misery, and convoyed their profound feelings in the most beautiful language and the most moving dance steps. At the same time they denounced the counter-revolutionary revisionist line pushed by Liu Shao-chi which had ruined their health. Up to now, they have given over 70 performances in Peking and northeast China and were warmly welcomed by the worker, peasant and soldier masses.
  Li Chao-yu, a young man of medium build who had been paralysed for four years, was overwhelmed with excitement when he got on the stage. Waving his copy of Quotations From Chairman Mao Tsetung, he leapt with joy and cheered "Long live Chairman Mao!" for as long as a minute. He told the audience: "I owe my second life to Chairman Mao. No language in the world can fully express my gratitude to our respected and beloved Chairman Mao," He then performed a dance in praise of the great leader Chairman Mao. In rhythm with the music accompaniment, his hands went through a series of swift movements and his legs moved quickly and forcefully while his body bent forward and backward. His movements gave no sign that he had once been a paralytic with stiff limbs.
     Thirty-one-year-old Li Chao-yu was an electrician in the Hungwei Coalmine in Fushun. He was stricken with cerebral embolism in 1963, and his whole body became paralysed. His case was said to be "incurable" by Fu-shun's biggest hospital which was then dominated by Liu Shao-chi's counter-revolutionary revisionist line in medicine — a line that served only a handful of urban overlords and bourgeois elements. So he was thrown out of the hospital.
     Upon their arrival in Fushun at the end of 1967, members of the medical team of Unit 3225 were enraged when they learnt of Li Chao-yu's case. They resolved to cure him in order to defend Chairman Mao's revolutionary line and to show their deep hatred for Liu Shao-chi's counter-revolutionary revisionist line.
     The medical team members were all young people with only a year's medical training. Acting on Chairman Mao's teaching of serving the people "wholly" and "entirely," they tried out the acupuncture needles on their own bodies to find out the most effective acupuncture points and depths of insertion. Their arms and thighs soon became swollen, but the young medical workers refused to yield and went on with their experiments while reciting Chairman Mao's teaching: "Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory." They had only one thought in mind: Do not hesitate to sacrifice our own limbs in order to cure our class brother and defend Chairman Mao's revolutionary line. The patient, who had been paralysed for more than four years, was able to stand, walk and work again after two months of acupuncture treatment.
     Twenty-year-old Wang Chin-fang, the son of a worker, had been a deaf-mute. It was the medical workers of the People's Liberation Army, which was founded by Chairman Mao, who restored his ability to hear and speak. In this performance he sang three songs in praise of the great leader Chairman Mao.
     Wang Chin-fang was brought to the army medical team by his father in February 1963. The father told the comrades of the medical team: "I'm an old worker who slaved many years for the capitalists in the old society. I thank Chairman Mao for bringing emancipation to us. But my son who is so big now can't even say 'Long live Chairman Mao!'"
     "1 don't feel sad if he can't call me 'father,'" the father continued, "what grieves me is that he can’t say 'Long live Chairman Mao!'"
     Armed with Mao Tsetung Thought, the army medical workers fully understood the profound proletarian class feelings the working class has for our great leader. After experimenting on themselves, they discovered a new acupuncture point which gives much belter results in curing deaf-muteness than the previous point. After 35 days' treatment, Wang Chin-fang shouted for the first time in his life: "Long live Chairman Mao!' —words that had been buried deep in his heart.
     Five lively light-footed girls came on stage singing and dancing to gay melody. Their moving voices and skilful dancing drew stormy applause from the audience. No one could imagine that these girls were almost blind a year ago. At the end of their performance, the youngest walked to the front of the stage and made her denunciation of how Liu Shao-chi's counter-revolutionary revisionist line had ruined her eyesight.
     "My name is Chang Wu-yi,"' she began. "I'm fourteen and a middle school student. Poisoned by 'pulling marks first,' 'seeking fame' and other revisionist trash of Liu Shao-chi, I buried myself in books all day long, and at night I read under the quilt by flash light. I got optic atrophy and couldn't see anything beyond the distance of one metre. The 'famous doctors' and 'specialists' in a number of big hospitals in Shenyang and Peking said that my condition was 'incurable.'"
     She continued: "Guided by Chairman Mao's revolutionary line in medical and health work, our kith and kin the Liberation Army personnel sent by Chairman Mao cured me in two months. I can again see the kindly face of Chairman Mao. Now that my eyesight has been restored, I will study Chairman Mao's works all my life and march forward for ever along the revolutionary path charted by Chairman Mao."
     The youngest members of the propaganda team arc Pang Teh-wei, an 8-year-old boy, and Li Chin-hsiang, a 9-year-old girl. The boy contracted cataracts and lost his sight when he was five. The girl's legs became paralysed when she was a polio victim at the age of four. The dance they did to express their boundless loyalty to Chairman Mao was enthusiastically greeted by the audience. Many spectators went on stage to pin their Chairman Mao badges on the young performers' chests. Moved to tears, some took the boy and girl in their arms, and together with the youngsters shouted at the top of their voices: "Long live Chairman Mao! A long, long life to him!"
    

Source: Peking Review, No. 25, June 20, 1969
Transcribed by www.wengewang.org
  
  
  

 
 
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