"We only move into the 21st century on the foundation of things that have been established long, long ago."
"’Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom’ is based on a Chinese poem (Let one hundred flowers bloom/Let one hundred schools of thought contend) that Mao used in a campaign in the 1950s, calling upon Chinese intellectuals to critique the Revolution from within. They were afraid, but the campaign lasted a year and, at the end, the intellectuals were convinced that Mao wanted to hear their opinions. They questioned the essence of the Revolution. Mao was unhappy with their reactions, and what the intellectuals feared actually happened. They were imprisoned, tortured, and quite a few were killed."
- Alfredo Jaar