Expats admire Mao Zedong for his work and legacy. (Photo : Twitter)
Dylan Walker, also known as Wu Dunran, appeared on the TV show Chinese Poetry Conference and is admired by people in China for being able to recite poetry by Mao Zedong.
He is a student at Beijing Language and Culture University and 20 years old. He is now in his third year. He said that he was disappointed when he learned that, as a foreign student, he was not required to take courses on Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory.
However, this did not stop him from reading on communism, which he truly admires.
His book collection includes Chinese and English versions of The Communist Manifesto, Basic Marxist Theory, and The Diary of Lei Feng.
Wu said, "We have to have lots of materials to educate people and educate the masses to let them know what socialism really means, how it can help you and how it can fix the United States."
He is also a member of the Communist Party USA and he said when he was accepted, "it was the happiest day of his life."
He noted, "For me, I joined the Party because I want to do everything that I can to help my people, my country, to help the people and working people all around the world."
As Wu admires the work of Mao Zedong, there are still people in China who believe that Mao's Great Chinese Cultural Revolution was a disaster.
Willy Lam, a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said, "The Cultural Revolution was a huge power struggle."
He added, "Mao Zedong in the mid-1960s was on the verge of losing power, which is why he started this humongous ideological campaign, using the energy of the students and the Red Guards to attack his enemies."
Lam believes that the cultural revolution was "a totally irrational campaign to destroy past culture and force intellectuals and ordinary people to listen to the edicts of Mao."