Mao and His Mango
Publisher |
Footnoting History
Media Type |
audio
Podknife tags |
Education
History
Society & Culture
Categories Via RSS |
Education
History
Society & Culture
Publication Date |
Jan 12, 2019
Episode Duration |
00:15:57
(Lesley) In 1968, an act of diplomacy between the Government of Pakistan and China’s Chairman Mao set off a series of actions that would create a cult around the mango fruit. Chairman Mao did not taste this fruit. Instead, he passed it on to workers as a symbol of his gratitude for their allegiance to him. What followed was a stunning spread of the mango throughout China. Set against the backdrop of famine and the “Four Pests,” the worship of this single fruit created complexity and controversy in 20th century China.

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