Lineage lovers take heed: another Mao has been added to the political mix! According to Singtao News, Mao Xinyu, the grandson of Mao Zedong, has become the youngest general in the Military at the ripe age of thirty nine. Besides being the youngest man to be appointed to such high office, he is also the first general to be born after 1970, which seems to explain his Aretha Franklin-eqsue hand movements.
Mao, who received his promotion in July, is now serving as the assistant head of the Academy of Military Science’s War Theory and Strategic Studies division. The newest Mao joins the illustrious ranks of other precocious youngster generals such as heroic pilot Li Wei and international ping pong champion Wang Tao. Which makes us kind of curious about the process of advancement through the ranks: we can understand nepotism, but we never thought ping pong prowess was the stuff that generals were made of.
Mao Xinyu, who received a PhD from the Military Academy in 2003, has written a lot of books about his grandfather and father, which is unsurprising. Among his many titles, our personal favorites are “I sing a new song for my father” and “The eternal yearning: Mao Zedong’s lifelong birthday wishes compilation.” We can’t quite imagine what sort of wishes Mao Xinyu could have written about Mao the first, but we hope it’s something like a Chinese version of Miracle on 34th Street
One of the many important and noteworthy things about Mao Xinyu is that he doesn’t like books written by Americans, especially history books about the PRC. Apparently they only exaggerate the negative effects of the great leap forward and cultural revolution, and Mao’s responsibility for them. We wonder what he thinks about Don DeLillo’s Mao II?