APAD: Let a thousand flowers bloom

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Meaning:

   Encourage many ideas from many sources.

 

Background:

   Let a thousand flowers bloom is a common misquotation of Chairman Mao

   Zedong's "Let a hundred flowers blossom". This slogan was used during the

   period of approximately six weeks in the summer of 1957 when the Chinese

   intelligentsia were invited to criticize the political system then obtaining

   in Communist China.

 

   The full quotation, taken from a speech of Mao's in Peking in February 1957,

   is:

     "Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend

     is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences and a

     flourishing socialist culture in our land."

 

   It is sometimes suggested that the initiative was a deliberate attempt to

   flush out dissidents by encouraging them to show themselves as critical of

   the regime. Whether or not it was a deliberate trap isn't clear but it is the

   case that many of those who put forward views that were unwelcome to Mao were

   executed.

 

- www.phrases.org.uk [edited]

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I'm often amazed at how much the West knows about China. But it's jaw-dropping

to learn that the legendary about-face is canonized as an English idiom.

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wow, I'm shocked 2! my dad was one of those "Rightists“ ... -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 08:44:35

coz he said 1 sentence of turth and refused to report others -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 08:48:20

what a time. hope neverComeAgain. Cheers to 1000+ flowers! -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 08:51:12

Wow. No doubt that event has shaped your life. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 08:51:15

myFamilySuffered later 4 that, it madeMeStrongerButNotBitter -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 11:08:25

One of my grandpas was classified wrongly anti-revolutionary -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 14:10:14

and three generations suffered. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 14:11:01

20-30YearsLater, theOfficials Came 2U &Said they were Wrong, -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 17:09:08

NoOne was a "Snake", but People who Love their Country!!! -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 17:11:18

Very "funny" Indeed .... -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 17:18:01

I‘ve just figured out the difference between bloom & blossom -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 08:57:14

What's the diff? They look quite similar to me :-) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 09:28:23

blossom:the flower of a seed plant. -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 10:22:17

I know the actor Orlando Bloom, not Blossom -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 12:27:13

本来想说不能用rose blossom的,结果发现居然是个演员的名字:) -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 22:36:20

百花齐放,百家争鸣,秋后算帐:-))),比百花齐放高一个数量级 -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 09:38:52

Good timing:"six weeks in the summer of 1957" followed by算帐. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 09:49:34

a deliberate attempt to flush out dissidents引蛇出洞:)) -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 10:41:53

They didn't seem to worry about their long-term credibility. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 10:49:34

You use about-face to mean? Knew this word, butNot sure here -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 10:44:13

The reversal of a policy, thought, idea, etc. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 10:48:15

是的,说话不算数,出尔反尔,Go back on one's word, 哈哈。 -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 12:21:18

开始不懂什么意思,你这么一说学会了:翻脸不认人 -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 11:17:57

180变脸:) -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 11:40:05

Lupines&daisies were wild in my eyes, unlikely landscaped. -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (245 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 12:50:06

学习了about-face这个词。有意思。 -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/11/2024 postreply 17:28:58

云云去上面玩歌词接龙,你的ID给了我第一句的灵感:)就是写一句英文,十个字节左右。 -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/12/2024 postreply 14:35:42

Just came across this in reading May 2024 Atlantic issue: -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (268 bytes) () 06/15/2024 postreply 19:54:48

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