- Serve the People
"Serve the People" or "Service for the People" (zh-sp|s=为人民服务|p=wèi rénmín fúwù) is a political slogan which first appeared in Mao-era China. It originates from the title of a speech by
Mao Zedong, delivered on September 8, 1944.
The concept of "Serving the People", together with "Never benefit oneself, always benefit others" and "Tireless struggle" became the core principles of the
Communist Party of China
Although less often used in China today, the slogan still plays some important ceremonial roles. It is inscribed on the screen wall facing the front entrance of the
Zhongnanhaicompound, which houses the headquarters of the Central People's Governmentand the Communist Party of China.
During inspection of troops in the
People's Liberation Army, the following ceremonial exchange is carried out::Inspecting official: "Greetings, Comrades!" ( _zh. 同志们好 "tóng zhì men hǎo"):Troops: "Greetings, Leader!" ( _zh. 首长好 "shǒu zhǎng hǎo"):Inspecting official: "Comrades [you] have worked hard." ( _zh. 同志们辛苦了 "tóng zhì men xīn kǔ le"):Troops: "Serving the people!" ( _zh. 为人民服务 "wèi rén mín fú wù")
In the West today, the slogan is often seen as a fashion accessory in certain fringe cultures. For example, Mao-era style schoolbags emblazoned with the slogan are now marketed in the West as a fashion accessory.
* Mao, Zedong (1944), [http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-3/mswv3_19.htm Serve the People] .
* Xinhua Net, [http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2004-07/31/content_1686074.htm PLA garrison in Hong Kong to continue using "Serve the People"] (in Chinese)
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
serve the people — index rule (govern) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
The People's Library — in November 2011 Country United States … Wikipedia
The People & Planet Green League — is a ranking of United Kingdom universities based on their sustainable practice. It is compiled by the student campaign group People Planet. The Green League 2007 was published in the Times Higher Education Supplement [cite… … Wikipedia
The People of Freedom — Infobox Italian political party name english = The People of Freedom leader = Silvio Berlusconi leader1 title = leader1 name = leader2 title = leader2 name = leader3 title = leader3 name = leader4 title = leader4 name = foundation = 18 November… … Wikipedia
The People's Court — This article is about a US television program. For other similarly named entities, see People s Court (disambiguation). The People s Court Format Judicial Created by John Masterson Presented by … Wikipedia
The Saint and the People Importers — infobox Book | name = The Saint and the People Importers title orig = translator = image caption = 1971 paperback edition author = Fleming Lee and Leslie Charteris, based on the teleplay by Donald James cover artist = country = United Kingdom… … Wikipedia
The People’s Choice — infobox television show name = The People’s Choice caption = format = situation comedy runtime = 30 Minutes creator = starring = Jackie Cooper Mary Jane Croft country = USA network = NBC first aired = October 6, 1955 last aired = May 29,1958 num… … Wikipedia
Constitutional history of the People's Republic of China — People s Republic of China This article is part of the series: Politics and government of the People s Republic of China … Wikipedia
Union of Communist Youth in Service of the People — ( it. Lega della gioventù comunista servire il popolo) was the youth wing of the Union of Italian Communists (Marxist Leninist). The foundation of the organization was announced in a press statement in their organ, Servire il popolo (Serve the… … Wikipedia
Society of the People's Republic of China — The People s Republic of China, the world s largest society, is united by a set of values and institutions that cut across extensive linguistic, environmental, and subcultural differences. Chinese society, since the second decade of the twentieth … Wikipedia