CHINA: Hero in Shanghai

About the biggest thing that can happen to a worker in a Communist country is to be chosen a "labor hero." Last week brought an example of what this proud title meant to its bearers.

Yuan Kai-li was an ordinary laborer at Shanghai's Second Steel Mill until he was bitten by the Stakhanovite bug and started doing twice as much work as before. He was promptly elected Shanghai Model Worker. He was sent to a national congress of model workers, met Communist Boss Mao & Co., found himself a member of eight different committees.

After his twelve-hour stint in the...

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