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CHINA: The Lei Feng myth

Paul Simon dismisses official stories about the Chinese party hero Lei Feng: "If he ever lived, he was a boy from Fushun, from just 30 miles from my old post in Shenyang; I went to his grave and museum for kitch value a couple of times (though I really went to Fushun to buy the excellent amber!). Every few years the mainland papers drag the old Lei Feng myth out and start the "learn from Lei Feng" crappola all over again. No one has taken it seriously in decades! "

Ronald Hilton - 3/9/03