January 15, 2004

"Workers of All Counties, Unite!"

POST #    701

Jeannette and Yvan recently returned from their vacation to Asia, which included stops in Thailand, Hong Kong, and China. While there, they were nice enough to pick up a souvenir for me - Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, a.k.a. "Chairman Mao's Little Red Book." This gift is suitable for all people named Mao, but especially apropos for me because my blog is called, "Tien Mao's Little Read Book." Get it? The double entendre? Little read, because people seldom read it and playing on the Mao theme. Johnny and I came up with the name a while back. Brilliant, no? I've been to China plenty of times, but never picked up one of Mao's books. Just didn't seem right, a Mao buying Mao's book, but as a gift, it's great! Thanks guys!

It would be remiss of me if I didn't mention that December 26, 2003 would have been Mao's 110th birthday (my 26th birthday is March 6th - Amazon wishlist here). For the big one-ten, China went all out. They even released a CD where Chinese hip-hop artists used some of Chairman Mao's sayings and turned them into song. Oh, those crazy Chinese and their celebrations. See, I'm not joking.

Posted by tien mao in Mao Quotes at 10:30 AM



Where is my acknowledgement for co-naming the blog?

Posted by: JK at January 15, 2004 10:52 AM

eh, shoddy "journalism"...it's changed now.

Posted by: tien at January 15, 2004 11:00 AM

That's better.

I expect my royalty check to come any day now.

Posted by: JK at January 15, 2004 11:36 AM

okay, i'll just split those royalties in half.

0÷2=0. you'll get that check shortly.

Posted by: tien at January 15, 2004 11:46 AM

chinese hip-hop artists using mao's sayings? i shudder at the thought...

i'm glad you like the book! i thought it was appropriate that you actually have a copy of it, as per your blog title. think you'll ever read it? ;)

Posted by: jeannette at January 15, 2004 12:20 PM

i leafed through it and i'll be sure to read some of the book. i'm considering doing a weekly mao quote. but that might be a tad too communist.

Posted by: tien at January 15, 2004 1:55 PM

is it in english?

Posted by: rachelleb at January 15, 2004 4:38 PM

The Chinese take-out place across the street from my place has a big poster of Chairman Mao on the wall.

March 6th is a good day for a birthday, but March 3rd is much better!

Posted by: joe s at January 15, 2004 4:43 PM

I have a Mao coffee, er, tea, mug. But you don't want a used mug, do you?

Posted by: Jen at January 15, 2004 5:07 PM

rachelle - the book that jeannette gave me is one side chinese, the other side english.

joe - in china, there are some people that have chairman mao mirror ornaments. and in tiananmen square (it's the same tien despite the spelling), there is a huge portrait of mao.

jen - a mao mug, huh? i'm not really a collector of mao artifacts, but if you're going to get rid of it and you haven't been using it as a spittoon or anything, i could take it off your hands.

Posted by: tien at January 15, 2004 5:12 PM

I'd love to see a weekly "chairman mao" quote on the blog. It wouldn't be too communist, it would be hilarious I think! Not to mention it would add a little history to the little read book.

Posted by: Justin at January 15, 2004 9:29 PM

hear, hear! i think a weekly "chairman mao" quote is in order.

Posted by: jeannette at January 15, 2004 11:26 PM

weekly "chairman mao" quote there will be. clearly, i bow down to pressure easily. after only two requests! look for it monday.

Posted by: tien at January 16, 2004 12:07 AM

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