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The Immortal Lei Feng Spirit
Renmin Ribao editorial, March 5, 1993

When Lei Feng died in the line of duty, he was only 22, but his short life gives concentrated expression to the noble ideals of a new people, nurtured with the communist spirit, and also to the noble moral integrity and values of the Chinese people in the new period. These are firm faith in communist ideals, political warmheartedness for the party and the socialist cause, the revolutionary will to work arduously for self-improvement, the moral quality and self-cultivation of showing fraternal unity and taking pleasure in assisting others, the heroic spirit of being ready to take up cudgels for a just cause without caring for one's safety, the attitude of seeking advancement and studying hard, and the genuine spirit of matching words with deeds and enthusiastically carrying out one's duties.

Lei Feng's comeback:

New-Old Role Model: Peking propagandists bring back their '60s hero: Lei Feng, The Christian Science Monitor, March 6, 1987.

Out of China: Such is the stuff heroes are made of in China, The Independent, March 10, 1990

He's the Very Model of a Legendary Communist, New York Times, Feb. 27, 1990

'Learn From Lei Feng' -- Model for Austerity Revived, San Francisco Chronicle, August 16, 1990

The Foolish Old Man, and Other Heroes: All Chinese are Fed an Endless Diet of Role Models, Los Angeles Times May 8, 1990

At a Trying Time, China Revives Mao's Model Man, New York Times, April 16, 1998

A Maoist Hero's Ghost Tilts with Falun Gong, New York Times, May 30, 2001

China Revamps Revolutionary Hero, Associated Press, Feb. 28, 2003

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