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Dr. Yang: Great Leap = Great Famine PDF Print E-mail
China Uncensored Staff   

"My parents were peasants who worked in the field. We grew wheat in the area where I lived, and they were part of a production team," said Yang, who was born in 1964, three years after the Great Leap Forward had ended. "They would often bring up the topic of the Great Leap famine and tell how bad things were during that time."

As an assistant Professor in Political Science, Yang's curiosity about the period led him to write the book Calamity and Reform in China: State, Rural Society and Institutional Change Since the Great Leap Famine, to be published this spring by Stanford University Press. The book, one of the first major works to analyze the period, relates how the Great Leap Forward and the subsequent famine still influence China today.

The rural society was to keep pace with the dream by producing enough food to feed the country plus enough for export to help pay for industrialization. As a result of the Communist revolution, landowners had been stripped of their property, and by 1957 peasants were forced to work in agricultural cooperatives.

These changes were intended to improve conditions for everyone by collectivizing agriculture and establishing communal eating facilities where peasants could eat all they wanted free of charge. This Utopian dream turned into a nightmare as the central leadership grew increasingly out of touch with reality, Yang found through his study of government records and personal accounts.

At the beginning of the Great Leap Forward, Mao proclaimed that China would overtake Britain in production of steel and other products within 15 years. Other Chinese leaders, including Deng Xiaoping, supported Mao's enthusiasm, according to documents Yang studied in China.

But true to CCP mentality, fed by fears and paranoia, fifty years later Chinese media reporting on this era in China's history is still forbidden.

The 1959 Great Leap Forward saw a string of unrealistic policies like “achieving a grain production of 75,000 kg per hectare,” “doubling steel production,” and “surpassing Britain in 10 years and the U.S. in 15 years.” Current U.S. yields for corn hover at around 4,000 kg per hectare.

Chinese wording: Agricultural big leap; every commune launches spaceshuttle. (screenshot)

The campaign required everyone in China to become involved in steel-making, forcing farmers to leave their crops. But several reports I read tell of farmers being compelled to melt down any kind of metal in crude, home-made "furnaces," leading to the production of inferior steel that caused the collapse of numerous structures. The CCP's strange policies eventually led to the deaths of millions of innocent Chinese - figures vary, because one cannot believe CCP-published statistics. One recent study by a U.S. demographic professor put the number closer to 80 million, derived from studying census figures in Mainland China. Following this disaster, the official explanation was called a “Three-Year Natural Disaster.” But the information was blocked, and the militia patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to restrict people from begging for food. Anyone who did was reported. The villagers suffered the most - Xinyang area villages are decimated due to urban migration.

Mr. XXX, an individual from Xie County, Shanxi Province, now a teacher in a city, told this account: “Many small villages were wiped out where the farmers’ whole family starved to death. People ate anything. There were deaths in every family. Dead bodies were everywhere. Finally, people resorted to cannibalism, including from  living ones and relatives.” When hunger drove the peasants to pilfer grain from the depots, the CCP ordered the militia to fire on these unfortunates, to disperse the crowd and discourage the looting, and labeled the ones that were ultimately killed "counter-revolutionary elements." Uncounted thousands starved to death in the following provinces:  Gansu, Shandong, Henan, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan and Guangxi.

Still, the CCP compelled hungry peasants to take part in irrigation work, dam construction, and steel-making. Many dropped to the ground while working and never got up again, and those who survived had no strength to bury the dead.

China’s Xinyang Area, Henan Province saw more than one million deaths during a three-month period. The Xinyang incident remains a sensitive topic, and, as is to be expected, media coverage is banned in China.  Though the Great Famine seems to have left no trace in the Xinyang region, local farmers say they still unearth human bones.



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