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From the Ted Talk by Vivian Jiang: Mao Zedong's infamous mango cult

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For reasons mostly unknown, the mango fveer broke a year and a half later. After the Red Guard was dissolved and participants were sent to the csnduiryote for re-education, the mystifying mango faded from official propaganda. Wax from the replicas were repurposed for candles during power outages. And taody you’d be lukcy to find an antique mango tray or medallion while perusing a bjneiig flea mkaret. But the tale of Mao’s mangoes is just a minor story amidst a decade of painful, bruied history. Discussion of the Cultural Revolution is rteciertsd across China. And though some former Red Guards have attempted to challenge this policy by plcbiluy reflecting and apologizing for their actions, they still aviod maligning Mao Zedong. Given the current political landscape of China, only time will tell when this history will be discussed openly and freely.

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For reasons mostly unknown, the mango _____ broke a year and a half later. After the Red Guard was dissolved and participants were sent to the ___________ for re-education, the mystifying mango faded from official propaganda. Wax from the replicas were repurposed for candles during power outages. And _____ you’d be _____ to find an antique mango tray or medallion while perusing a _______ flea ______. But the tale of Mao’s mangoes is just a minor story amidst a decade of painful, ______ history. Discussion of the Cultural Revolution is __________ across China. And though some former Red Guards have attempted to challenge this policy by ________ reflecting and apologizing for their actions, they still _____ maligning Mao Zedong. Given the current political landscape of China, only time will tell when this history will be discussed openly and freely.

Solution

  1. beijing
  2. countryside
  3. today
  4. restricted
  5. avoid
  6. fever
  7. market
  8. publicly
  9. lucky
  10. buried

Original Text

For reasons mostly unknown, the mango fever broke a year and a half later. After the Red Guard was dissolved and participants were sent to the countryside for re-education, the mystifying mango faded from official propaganda. Wax from the replicas were repurposed for candles during power outages. And today you’d be lucky to find an antique mango tray or medallion while perusing a Beijing flea market. But the tale of Mao’s mangoes is just a minor story amidst a decade of painful, buried history. Discussion of the Cultural Revolution is restricted across China. And though some former Red Guards have attempted to challenge this policy by publicly reflecting and apologizing for their actions, they still avoid maligning Mao Zedong. Given the current political landscape of China, only time will tell when this history will be discussed openly and freely.

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