Destroy the Four Olds! Chapter Summary • The girls head to Grandpa Hong’s bookstall to read books. • The girls hear that the “Great Prosperity Market” sign is being destroyed, as part of the Destroy the Four Olds campaign. • Chairman Mao wanted to destroy old ideas, old culture, old customs and old habits for China to a strong socialist nation • A huge crowd attempts to break a large wooden sign, and finally someone with an ax broke it in two. Chapter Summary, part 2 • The girls were excited to be part of Mao’s program, but their parents weren’t that excited, and Grandma was upset by the destruction of the sign. • Cultural Revolution began to take over the city • Student inspectors began to target “western clothing” • The girls witnessed a man being targeted, and his too tight pants were cut open, and his champagne shoes were destroyed Chapter Quote • We felt proud of ourselves. We were certain that we were bringing a new life to China. • Author’s quote after being part of the destruction of the Great Prosperity Market sign. • She is excited to assist Mao in his new “battle” AAC Connection • Jiang Ji-li was confused that her parents were not more motivated by Mao’s new program, and she referenced an older program to catch up to England and the United States. • This was a reference to Mao’s Great Leap Forward, in which China attempted to become a leader in steel production. • Mao required citizens to collect scrap metal to make more steel.