○ A historical novel sympathizing with landlords during the CPC-led land reform is under attack
○ Some Maoists believe books like this risk undermining the legitimacy of the CPC
○ Open discussion of the agrarian revolution period is still regarded as taboo today
A farmer ploughs in a village in Guiyang Cheap Nike Air Max 97 OG Undefeated Black Sale , Southwest China's Guizhou Province, in February 2011. Photo: CFP
For many Chinese, "landlord" used to be a derogative term that's often associated with slavery, exploitation and decadence. The term is most associated with land reform in the 1950s, an important step in what Chairman Mao Zedong called "the New Democratic Revolution," which destroyed the landlord class, and with it the old feudal system that lasted for thousands of years.