Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997)

The Cultural Revolution in Images -- Caricature-Posters from Guangzhou 1966-1977

Deng Xiaoping 鄧小平 (1904-1997) was the General Secretary of the CCP and vice premier of the People’s Republic of China. He lost his position during the Cultural Revolution because of his political connections with Liu Shaoqi, with whom he shared similar theories on economic reforms. In more than one occasion the caricatures of the collection make fun of Deng’s famous sentence “It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice”,a maxim which the politician started using as early as 1962. This catch phrase was widely used in the 1980s to justify Deng’s capitalist reforms in the PRC.