By Andrew Walden
Radio raconteur Rush Limbaugh has a question for Hawaii. Did the Honolulu City Council ever did issue a condemnation of Mao Zedong for the genocide of Chinese people?
Not that we are aware of, but we do know that the Hawaii State Legislature did pass a 1976 resolution honoring card-carrying Communist Party member Koji Ariyoshi, who in 1943-45 worked directly with Mao Zedong and Chao En Lai in Yenan, China as part of the US Army Intelligence WW2 “Dixie Mission.” The Legislature specifically honored Ariyoshi for his WW2 work in China and for his later work as “president of the US-China People’s Friendship Association of Hawaii.”
Ariyoshi, as editor of the ILWU’s communist line Honolulu Record weekly paper between 1948 and 1958, employed a columnist named Frank Marshall Davis--also a Communist party member--who would in the mid-1970s become a mentor to a kid named Barack Obama.
Ariyoshi would also play a key role in founding the UH Manoa Ethnic Studies department from 1972 until his death from cancer in October, 1976.
What was Ariyoshi doing in Yenan? He was collaborating with Mao’s forces to improve their brainwashing of Japanese POWs--a process Ariyoshi describes in detail in his personal papers now stored in the Hoover Institution archives at Stanford University.
The techniques perfected at Yenan would be used with some success against US POWs less than a decade later in the Korean War.
Based on the lessons from those and other experiences, Mao organized the so-called Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution from 1966 until his death in 1976, as an attempt to deploy brainwashing techniques against an entire society. The techniques of criticism and self-criticism from the Cultural Revolution would be imported to the US by the New Left in the late 1960s and early 1970s. By this circuitous route, methods developed in part by Ariyoshi came to be used singly on the young Obama—as Obama unwittingly describes in his book “Dreams from My Father.” The same techniques would also be used on a mass basis against all Americans—starting in the 1960s and continuing on college campuses with the formation of Ethnic Studies departments nationwide in the 1970s.
That brainwashing, evolved in part from Ariyoshi’s work with Mao and Chao in Yenan, is today called “political correctness.”
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PDF: 1976 Legislative Resolution Honoring and Commending Koji Ariyoshi