Red China

Editors Note: We're blogging through We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel.

On October 1, 1949, Mao Zedong and his communist party established The People’s Republic of China (“Red China”). During the previous decades, the country had been divided in a civil war as well as been occupied by the Japanese. The country was war torn—roads, buildings, factories, railroads were all in disrepair. The Communist party offered the Chinese people peace and stability, something the people hadn’t seen for years.

This brief entry concludes the events/people listed in verse one (1949) of

We Didn’t Start The FIre. This verse took much longer than I had expected—primarily because I took on more events than either of the kids. This will change. ;)  We also decided that we want to “experience” the events/people as we research about them. Mike and I tried to rent South Pacific from the Newaygo movie rental store a few weeks back—we thought it’d be good for our whole family to watch it. Unfortunately, the rental place did not carry the movie (nor did they carry The Wild, Wild West

starring Will Smith, but that’s for another day).

Next week we will dig into verse two, covering a few events/people of 1950.

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