Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

Yu Hua: Chinese Autumn is no Arab Spring

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-yu-hua-china-20111211,0,6076520.story

When the young Mao Tse-tung agitated for revolution, he found a vivid way to get his point across to an uneducated audience: He picked up a single chopstick and snapped it in two. Then he picked up a handful of chopsticks: They would not break. Thus he showed that so long as everyone stood side by side, no force could withstand the tide of revolution. By gathering together China's scattered, indignant chopsticks, Mao finally was able to ascend Tiananmen — the Gate of Heavenly Peace — on Oct. 1, 1949, and announce the establishment of his republic.
Whether chopsticks come singly or in a handful is now an issue in China again.

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It's probably an apocryphal anecdote, but it still rings true.

 Ian Clark, December 23, 2011, 5a.m.

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