Article 42 of the Common Program
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Article 42 of the Common Program

Love of the fatherland, love of the people, love of labour, love of science and care of public property shall be promoted as the public spirit of all nationals of the People's Republic of China.


Anniversaries of important events
January 1 New Years day
The Central People's Government on December 23, 1949 made New Year's Day a public holiday.
February 7 Great Strike
To commemorate the strike of Jinghan (Peking-Hankou) Railway workers in February 1923
March 8 International Working Women's Day
On December 23, 1949, the Government Administration Council of the Chinese Central People's Government proclaimed March 8 as Women's Day.
May 1 International Labor Day
On December 23, 1949, the Government Administration Council of the Chinese Central People's Government proclaimed May 1 as Labor Day
May 4 Chinese Youth Day
May 4 is the Chinese Youth Day to commemorate the Beijing students in opposing the Paris Peace Treaty (1919)aimed at partitioning China and in abrogating the 21-Article Treaty imposed on China by Japan.
June 1 International Children's Day
On December 23, 1949, The Government Administration Council of the Central People's Government of the PRC proclaimed June 1 as Children's Day.
July 1 Anniversary Day of Founding of CCP
Shanghai from July 23 to 31, 1921 congress founded the Chinese Communist Party. July 1 was made the day to commemorate the founding anniversary. on June 30, 1941 the Central Committee of the CPC decides to commemorate this day on July 1
July 7 Lugou Bridge Incident
July 7, 1937, (Marco Polo bridge incident) Japan launched the long-premeditated overall war of aggression against China
August 1 Army Day
On December 23, 1949, The Government Administration Council of the Central People's Government of the PRC proclaimed August 1 the Army Day for commemorating the armed uprising in Nanchang on August 1927
September 3 Victory over Japan Day
On September 3 the end of World War II is celebrated
September 18 September 18 Incident
To commemorate September 18, 1931, the Japanese Guangdong Army stationed in Northeast China suddenly bombarded Shenyang
October 1 National Day
On December 2, 1949, the Central People's Government decided to make October 1 the National Day to celebrate the founding of the PRC
October 10 Revolution of 1911
To commemorate October 10, 1911, The Wuchang Uprising led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen which eventually caused the overthrowing of the Qing Dynasty
The CCP, in its attempts to realize a socialist revolution, focuses on the rural peasants. Its emphasis lies more on a national revolution and less on a social. Kwan (n.y.) argues "… the CCP would become a medium to express peasant discontent but it used social discontent for its own interest.” He continues “It is not a question of whether the revolution was social or national as both played decisive factors. At the heart of every national issue was an impending social issue. Peasants had felt discontent long before the onset of the Sino Japanese War, but it was the nationalism that motivated them to other throw the status quo of their society."
Kwan Justin Patrick (n.y.). Communism, Nationalism and Social Discontent: The path to the Revolution of 1949. Page 7 and Page 10
People's Daily Editorials
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A Number indicates the subject was a major theme in the editorial. A number indicates a minor theme in the editorial. Source: Oksenberg Michel and Henderson Gail (1982). Research guide to People's Daily editorials, 1949-1975

In the discussion of this article 42, the emphasis is on 'love of the fatherland' or in other words, nationalism. 'Love of labor' will be deliberated in Article 32 , 'love of science' Article 43 and 'care of public property' will be discussed in Article 28 .
Descriptions of the campaigns, which are important to realize a feeling of nationalism are highlighted. These are the land reform campaign, the Resist America-Aid Korea Campaign, the unification of China, and the mobilization for national reconstruction. This article starts with the portrayal of the parades. On May 1 and October 1 big parades are held on Tiananmen Square in Beijing to celebrate Labor day and National Day. The parades are orchestrated events. They have multiple purposes: Celebrating the new era of socialism and denouncing the old order. A demonstration of the power of the PLA and the achievements of the People's Republic of China. Legitimation of the authority of the CCP. Emphasizing the role of Mao Zedong and display of solidarity with the international socialist camp. (Below the captions of the photos are the slogans and themes of the national days of 1949-1954.)
The promotion of the Mao cult has a twofold purpose, one is to undermine the Soviets’ influence by replacing Marxist-Leninism with Mao’s ideology and to create an image of the revolutionary leader to rally support from the peasantry who for the most part do not understand the depth of Marxist-Leninism due to the low level of literacy. There is the necessity to replace Marxism with a domestic ideology and to create a hero or an idol and introduce a cult to mobilize the party members.
Yeap Raymond C. L. (2007). The theory of transition in China: The thought of Liu Shaoqi. Pages 131-134
The CCP sets itself the goal to introduce a proper patriotism and therefore bans all foreign influences because they are seen as a way to infiltrate and to exploit the Chinese people. In particular, the Roman Catholic church is considered a threat. See article 5. On the other hand, socialist internationalism is considered a part of a new value system. "Under the “lean to one side” policy, accepting Soviet culture was tied to a person’s political stance and was punished or rewarded in political terms accordingly. At the height of Sino-Soviet alliance, one was either a “Russophile” or an “anti-Soviet, anti-socialist, anti-revolutionary rightist.”19 Whether a person loved the Soviet Union and supported Sino-Soviet friendship was a criterion for judging if the person had an internationalist spirit, loved New China, and supported socialism. By contrast, “worshiping the U.S., fearing the U.S., and being friendly with the U.S.” were severely castigated and ostracized."
Li Yan (2012) In search of a socialist modernity: The Chinese introduction of Soviet culture. Page 23
This Sino-Soviet friendship is by no means intended to build personal relationships (All forms of personal communication between Chinese and Soviet citizens have to be officially sanctioned and subject to surveillance), it has the meaning of a strategic relationship at the state level. See also article 45
The dissolution of Boy Scouts organizations is also a method to ban foreign influence. On October 13, 1949, the Children’s Corps of China is founded. "They organized children to visit factories, meet revolutionary veterans/heroes during wartime as well as labor models, scientists and writers, pay their respects to sacrificed soldiers and console their families, participate in marching exercises, go on picnics, play military games, hold oral story competitions and poetry recitation competitions, set up interest groups, little libraries and weather stations and create "red scarf" chorus clubs."
http://www.china.org.cn/english/congress/227866.htm
Part 9 describes the quest of the elite for a new interpretation of the role and position of China. Cohen (1991) states "The new definition of being Chinese is firmly rooted in nationalism, in a conception of China as a nation-state with interests that must be protected and advanced in competition with other nation-states. Modern Chinese nationalism is hardly an ultimately cosmic orientation, as was the traditional sense of Chinese national identity, for its emergence and growth was prompted by the conviction that China was weak and, indeed, in many ways inferior to other nation-states."
Cohen Myron L.(1991). Being Chinese: The Peripheralization of Traditional Identity. Page 126.
The binding factors became anti-imperialism and anti-foreign movements. Unlike Japan, which has embraced the past and its traditions, China has the past and most of its traditions shaken off as being feudal and therefore totally unacceptable.
"One result of these policies has been the stripping from China’s cities and countryside of most of the colorful physical manifestations of traditional culture. This assault, involving the destruction or conversion of temples, shrines, ancestral halls, and a wide variety of other structures and monuments having important local cultural significance, began during the final years of the old dynasty and was well under way when China was under Nationalist and warlord rule, but it is safe to say that under the Communists it has been carried out with unprecedented intensity and thoroughness.17" Cohen (1991). Being Chinese. Pages 129-130
The CCP fits into this tradition and their leaders look for a successful example, which in their eyes, is the SU.
The CCP never blindly followed the SU example. From the start, the new regime tries to establish its own identity. Several methods are used. First of all “…there was a remarkable continuity in the use of artistic symbols and techniques from the Yan’an era, during which left-wing activists drew heavily from the rural traditions of Shaanxi to fashion a propaganda strategy. The original idea and directive, of course, came from Mao.”
Hung Chang-Tai (2011). Mao's New World: Political Culture in the Early People's Republic. Page 262
On the other hand the use of traditional symbols is common. Popular symbols of longevity (pines and cypresses) and joy and prosperity (red lanterns and chrysanthemums) are often displayed in parades and illustrations.
The CCP presents itself as the sole guard of the sovereignty and independence of China. The GMD is depicted as corrupt and incapable of defending the country against the negative influences of foreign powers. 1949 is characterized as the beginning of a ‘new” China of a ‘new’ society. “A special vocabulary grew out of this distinction: under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the labouring masses “stood up” (fanshen 翻身), “took control” (dangjia zuozhu 当家作主), and, as a consequence, became “the masters of the country” (guojia zhurenweng 国家主人翁).”
Zhang Jishun (2014). Creating “Masters of the Country” in Shanghai and Beijing: Discourse and the 1953–54 Local People's Congress Elections. Page 1071.
Two campaigns are particularly important to create a feeling of nationalism: The land reform campaign (see article 27) can be considered as a unifying movement, support for Land Reform is designated as a ‘patriotic activity’. The second movement is the Resist America-Aid Korea Campaign (see article 54) In both campaigns millions of Chinese are involved. During the land reform campaign in eliminating undesirable classes (anyone who opposed Land Reform was labelled an ‘agent of American imperialism’) and the distribution of land. During the Resist America-Aid Korea Campaign many people are participating in the war and in producing weapons, clothing, and donating money.
February 1951, the regime called for the dissemination of support for the Korean War in every village, institutions, schools, factories, shops, and even every street and residential area of all ethnic groups in the country. This call found its resonance in the promotion of Patriotic Compacts. "Patriotic compacts were expected to combine political work and the life goals of the family. Every family was encouraged to sign on to the patriotic compacts and to implement the activities prescribed in the compacts….The Communist Party Committee in Shenyang, for example, issued a variety of compacts concerning the completion of monthly production quotas, donation of military supplies, good treatment of soldiers and their families, delivery of crops and tax payment, and goals of political work."
Tian Mo (2018). The Korean War and Manchuria Economic, Social, and Human Effects. Page 50. Peterson (2013) describes the faith of a Overseas family "Another case involved one Guan Wenyuan who left China earlier in the century and spent the next several decades working as a carpenter in Thailand while faithfully remitting money to his family in Meixian county. As a result, the family had eventually been able to save enough money to purchase three mu of farm land. Come land reform, however. the Guan family were labelled ‘landlords’. Not only were the family’s land, house and rice stocks confiscated, but local officials also demanded that the family also make a HKS50.000 ‘donation’ to the Resist America and Aid Korea campaign. Unable to come up with the money, Guan Wenyuan’s mother was ‘tortured to death’ by local officials, according to her son." Peterson Glen D. (2013). Overseas Chinese in the People’s Republic of China. Page 51

People's Daily Editorials
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A Number indicates the subject was a major theme in the editorial. A number indicates a minor theme in the editorial. Source: Oksenberg Michel and Henderson Gail (1982). Research guide to People's Daily editorials, 1949-1975

*3 campaigns during the Korea War
**Oppose Bourgeois Individualism, Liberalism, Sectarianism, Dispersionism, Conceit, and Parochialism in the Party
Tian (2018) concludes "Although patriotic compacts became a common method of social mobilization in Manchuria, signing them was often a pro forma affair. In many factories, the patriotic compact became a method to discipline the workforce, rather than a means of supporting the war effort."
Tian (2018). The Korean War. Page 51
At this moment this political mobilization is an efficient method for the CCP to solve problems caused by their limited economic capacity and their limited social control.
On July 24, 1951, Zhou Enlai remarks "...that the laboring masses in China are full of determination to fight and drive off American troops out of Korea and liberate Taiwan island." but he also added "Among the right-wing elements is a group of people, who in their time were closely tied to the Jiang Jieshi regime and with the Americans. Some of these people who carried out subversive work have been discovered. For each discovery we provided the democratic parties and groups with irrefutable evidence and they were unable to object to our repression of these elements. Others of whose subversive activities we still have no evidence have been isolated."
27-07-1951 From the Diary of N. V. Roshchin: Memorandum of Conversation with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai on 24 July 1951
The defense of the homeland is the key theme of the campaign at the advent of China's involvement in the war, less important is the ‘brotherly’ help to Korea (see article 54)
The US is depicted "… as the logical continuation of Japanese aggression. Japan served as an imperialist point of reference for the Chinese that had survived the horrors of the Anti-Japanese War. For the millions of Chinese citizens who knew little about the United States this approach conflated the new enemy, America, with a familiar aggressor. As a result, the United States inherited the position Japan previously held as China's foremost imperialist enemy." Barnes (2013) remarks further "Together these campaigns increasingly fostered a sense of what it meant to be a citizen in the People's Republic of China."
Barnes Melvin L. (2013). "Mobilization nation : mass movements in the People's Republic of China". Page 51 and Page iii
Besides these 2 campaigns, two others are equally important: the unification of China with Mongolia (not realized) (see article 2 ), with Tibet (realized in 1950) (see article 2), with Taiwan (not realized) (see article 2) and with Hong Kong and Macao (later realized) (see article 55) The second one is the mass mobilization for national reconstruction. (see article 26)
Much attention is paid to propaganda in popular media, such as post cards, movies, posters, etcetera. (see article 45). The message to be conveyed is the 'new' China is strong, righteous and socialist, the USA is weak, corrupt and capitalist. Students are "…bombarded with patriotic activities in schools and summer camps, clashed with their parents over their new desire to serve the state, and wrote about their conflicts publicly in the pages of CCP youth publications."
Hess Christian A. (2006). From colonial jewel to socialist metropolis : Dalian 1895-1955. Page 384
This propaganda has had its effect also in the USA, where Chinese students are being called to return to their motherland to support the new China.
The Central People's Government on December 23, 1949 made New Year's Day a public holiday [↩]
To commemorate the strike of Jinghan (Peking-Hankou) Railway workers in February 1923 [↩]
On December 23, 1949, the Government Administration Council of the Chinese Central People's Government proclaimed March 8 as Women's Day. [↩]
On December 23, 1949, the Government Administration Council of the Chinese Central People's Government proclaimed May 1 as Labor Day [↩]
May 4 is the Chinese Youth Day to commemorate the Beijing students in opposing the Paris Peace Treaty (1919)aimed at partitioning China and in abrogating the 21-Article Treaty imposed on China by Japan. [↩]
On December 23, 1949, The Government Administration Council of the Central People's Government of the PRC proclaimed June 1 as Children's Day. [↩]
Shanghai from July 23 to 31, 1921 congress founded the Chinese Communist Party. July 1 was made the day to commemorate the founding anniversary. on June 30, 1941 the Central Committee of the CPC decides to commemorate this day on July 1 [↩]
July 7, 1937, (Marco Polo bridge incident) Japan launched the long-premeditated overall war of aggression against China [↩]
On December 23, 1949, The Government Administration Council of the Central People's Government of the PRC proclaimed August 1 the Army Day for commemorating the armed uprising in Nanchang on August 1927 [↩]
On September 3 the end of World War II is celebrated [↩]
Tocommemorate September 18, 1931, the Japanese Guangdong Army stationed in Northeast China suddenly bombarded Shenyang [↩]
On December 2, 1949, the Central People's Government decided to make October 1 the National Day to celebrate the founding of the PRC [↩]
To commemorate October 10, 1911, The Wuchang Uprising led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen which eventually caused the overthrowing of the Qing Dynasty [↩]
Kwan Justin Patrick (n.y.). Communism, Nationalism and Social Discontent: The path to the Revolution of 1949. Page 7 and Page 10 [↩]
Yeap Raymond C. L. (2007). The theory of transition in China: The thought of Liu Shaoqi. Pages 131-134 [↩]
Li Yan (2012) In search of a socialist modernity: The Chinese introduction of Soviet culture. Page 23 [↩]
http://www.china.org.cn/english/congress/227866.htm [↩]
Cohen Myron L.(1991). Being Chinese: The Peripheralization of Traditional Identity. Page 126 [↩]
"One result of these policies has been the stripping from China’s cities and countryside of most of the colorful physical manifestations of traditional culture. This assault, involving the destruction or conversion of temples, shrines, ancestral halls, and a wide variety of other structures and monuments having important local cultural significance, began during the final years of the old dynasty and was well under way when China was under Nationalist and warlord rule, but it is safe to say that under the Communists it has been carried out with unprecedented intensity and thoroughness.17" Cohen (1991). Being Chinese. Pages 129-130 [↩]
Hung Chang-Tai (2011). Mao's New World: Political Culture in the Early People's Republic. Page 262 [↩]
Zhang Jishun (2014). Creating “Masters of the Country” in Shanghai and Beijing: Discourse and the 1953–54 Local People's Congress Elections. Page 1071 [↩]
Tian Mo (2018). The Korean War and Manchuria Economic, Social, and Human Effects. Page 50. Peterson (2013) describes the faith of a Overseas family "Another case involved one Guan Wenyuan who left China earlier in the century and spent the next several decades working as a carpenter in Thailand while faithfully remitting money to his family in Meixian county. As a result, the family had eventually been able to save enough money to purchase three mu of farm land. Come land reform, however. the Guan family were labelled ‘landlords’. Not only were the family’s land, house and rice stocks confiscated, but local officials also demanded that the family also make a HKS50.000 ‘donation’ to the Resist America and Aid Korea campaign. Unable to come up with the money, Guan Wenyuan’s mother was ‘tortured to death’ by local officials, according to her son." Peterson Glen D. (2013). Overseas Chinese in the People’s Republic of China. Page 51 [↩]
Tian (2018). The Korean War. Page 51 [↩]
Barnes Melvin L. (2013). "Mobilization nation : mass movements in the People's Republic of China" Page 51 and Page iii [↩]
Hess Christian A. (2006). From colonial jewel to socialist metropolis : Dalian 1895-1955. Page 384 [↩]
Ng Eng Ping (2008). The state and history-writing: The failure of co-optation of historians in early Maoist China, 1949-1957. Page 11 [↩]
Ng (2008). The state and history-writing. Pages 12-13 [↩]
Translation: The rarity of publications and the caution of their content can be explained in part, one might think, by fear of reviving disagreements about a past still very close. But there is an explanation probably even more relevant: Mao Zedong's own distrust of a story which he reserved for both writing, political fabrication and rewriting. Domenach Jean-Luc and Xiao-Planes Xiaohong (2011). Les nouvelles sources chinoises sur l’histoire politique de la « première Chine populaire » (1949-1976) : bilan provisoire. Page 9 [↩]
Dikötter Frank (1996). Culture, "Race" and Nation: The Formation of National Identity in Twentieth Century China. Journal of International Affairs, 49,2 No page number [↩]
Lu Di Yin (2012). Seizing Civilization: Antiquities in Shanghai's Custody, 1949 – 1996. Pages 57 and 59 [↩]
Lu (2012). Seizing Civilization. Page 59 [↩]
Hung Chang-tai (2005). The Red Line: Creating a Museum of the Chinese Revolution. Page 916. "This museum, although inspired by Soviet museums, shall be distinctly Chinese. This future museum would serve as a place both to preserve and to reconstruct an indigenous political memory. ... insisted that a future Chinese revolutionary museum would be unique in its dissemination not only of Marxism but also of “the thought of Mao Zedong.”" Page 919 [↩]