Mao Zedong’s grandson attracts more ridicule online

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 5:44pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 5:52pm

Mao Xinyu, the well-known grandson of Mao Zedong, has again attracted ridicule from Chinese internet users following reports that a new institute this week invited him to be its honorary chairman.

The decision was made at the launch ceremony of Yugongyishan (from “Yugong” - moving mountains) Spirit Research Institute on Tuesday, which marked the 68th anniversary of a famous speech by Mao Zedong, reported. The speech by China’s first communist leader had encouraged party members to strive hard to overcome difficult challenges.

The speech had made reference to a Chinese myth where an old man, called “Yugong”, showed great determination moving two mountains blocking a road in front of his home. The moral of the story is that people can resolve any challenge if they try.

At the launch, institute chairman Li Changduo said: “The spirit of Yugongyishan is now playing an essential role directing China’s social and economic development.”

The event attracted much attention on Chinese cyberspace - with tens of thousands commentators mocking the institute’s relationship with Mao Xinyu - who has frequently made headlines for his outrageous comments and comical behaviour. One internet user said commented on the news: “I think they are deliberately making fun of Mao Xinyu.”

Yet many others questioned the need to have the institute.

“What’s the use of an institute researching a myth,’’ one online user commented on sina. Another asked “Why not study ways to improve people’s livelihoods, instead?”

A different blogger suggested the “Yugongyishan spirit” should be used to fight corruption.