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- Chinese politics is steeped heavily in tradition, which is very family-oriented. The government is seen as a sort of family, and thus the people are very loyal towards it. They feel a sense of personal connection with the leaders, and therefore look very highly upon them, almost to the point of worship. This had been the Chinese way for thousands of years, and was too engrained in the national psyche to be eradicated within a couple of generations. - Chinese people are very obedient and loyal, and they look to authority figures to tell them what to do. This can be seen over the millennia in numerous dynasties, and with Mao as well. - The Chinese have a lot of pride, and this makes them support the government and its leaders, perhaps a little too much.
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Unformatted text preview: They feel that if they went against the government, it would undermine the government and embarrass China to the world. Since they have traditionally seen themselves as being at the center of the world, the Chinese obviously have an enormous amount of national pride, and think very highly of their countryand the leaders who run it.-But Mao himself was very charismatic. He had the magnetic personality and political shrewdness to rally those around him. And once he rose to power, he made sure that his stature would only grow in size as he created (in part through propaganda) a personality cult around him. So while his rhetoric said one thing, Mao clearly wanted to be worshipped....
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