This full English translation of the famous letter is reprinted from
I believe that this letter deserves a Foreward.
Rarely have I written here of myself. If this be modesty,
let it be said, as Churchill said of Atlee, that I am "a man
who has much to be modest about." And it is of one of these
things that I have much to be modest about, a character
trait, perhaps a chemical imbalance, that I write of in this
I have never shied away from taking on those
who have power over me. My reputation is one who,
for insufficient provocation, deliberately provokes those
who one should in nowise provoke, judges for example.
There are one or two courtrooms that are, more or less,
officially "Harris-free zones."
And, as readers of this site know there is an "edge" to my
writing that is the analog to this edge in my personality.
HOWEVER. I have NEVER, EVER written--or SEEN--
anything like Dr. Wang's letter. Especially considering the
situation: Dr. Wang was living in a totalitarian society;
A totalitarian society that also was having a nervous
And she sent this to MAO ZEDONG, not some mid or low-
Dear Chairman Mao Zedong:
I ask you to consider, as a Communist
Party member, what are you doing?
I ask you in the name of the Party to
consider: What is the significance of
all that is happening now? I ask you in
the name of the Chinese people to
consider: Where is it that you are leading
China? The Cultural Revolution is not a
mass movement; it is one person using
a gun to move the masses. I earnestly
declare: I hereby withdraw my membership
from the Chinese Communist Youth Corps.
Wang Rongfen, fourth year student
of German at Beijing Foreign Languages
September 24, 1966