American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China Themes

Matthew Polly
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Capitalism and Communism in China

Matt experiences an odd mix of capitalism and communism while visiting China. China is a single-party state ruled by the Chinese Communist Party. After a long civil war between the Chinese Nationalist Party and the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese Communist Party gained power. New policies were put in place to further the communist agenda, such as danweis, organizational structures of Chinese society that provide employment, housing, schooling, healthcare, etc, and keep an eye on all members for signs of anti-party sentiment. Communism is the idea that all resources should be distributed according to need and contribution to society. There should be no rich and poor divide. True communism would aim for a moneyless and stateless society. Although China never approached this form of true communism, it did discourage anything it saw as belonging to the 'bourgeoisie,' and promoted socialist ideals. The government...

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