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When go was banned in China


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2015-01-24 10:36
beans In the section 'About Guo Juan', she mentions that go was once forbidden in China. I'm curious about this but I can't find any info online. The British Museum has a file on Chinese games (https://www.britishmuseum.org/pdf/Chinese_games_1109.pdf) which mentions that mahjong was outlawed for some time starting in 1949, but nothing about go. Does anyone have any info on this subject?

2015-01-24 18:08
Darrell Malick Hi Beans. I'm not well qualified to answer this question, but here's what I *think* I know. Guo Juan wrote a book I enjoyed very much. It is a personal account of her journey through this time period: "The World of Chinese Go." During the Cultural Revolution in China, the bourgeois class was deemed still trying to use the old ideas, culture, customs, and habits to retain their power over the proletariat. As a consequence, on a rather large scale, these old ideas and cultures were attacked and destroyed including the "four arts of a scholar" (Go, calligraphy, music, painting). Arts link: http://www.chinapage.com/4arts.html Cultural Revolution destruction of the "Four Olds" link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Revolution#Red_Guards_and_the_Destruction_of_the_.22Four_Olds.22

2015-01-26 22:29
beans Very interesting! Thanks!

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