Forum, Oct. 11, 1976

To the Editors:

One-quarter of mankind mourns the death of Chairman Mao [Sept. 20].

Although my family escaped from China after the Communists' takeover, I, like the millions of overseas Chinese who repudiate Mao's political philosophy, am saddened by this great man's passing.

Mao was a poet and statesman as well as a politician and educator. He transformed China from a prostrate and humiliated country into a strong and self-sufficient nation. His revolutionary government altered the balance of power in Asia and the strategic thinking of the world. His teachings transformed the Chinese, long known to be loose as sand as a nation, into...