Foreign News: Spoiled Heroes

Red China's "Patriotic Emulation Drive," like its Russian prototype, the Stakhanovite movement, has created a glamorized class of "labor heroes." Among other favors, workers who speed up production get vacations at the best resorts, or trips to Peking. Last week, with a fanfare of propaganda, 70 labor heroes from Shanghai went off to beautiful West Lake at Hangchow, as the Russian speed-up kings were sent off to the sunny Crimea. At West Lake, the Chinese Stakhanovites were lodged in villas that once belonged to wealthy merchants. "These houses," reported one Chinese newspaper, "have stained-glass windows, beds with springs, and silk...

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