Mao is cat. Mao mi is a nickname for cat, like 'kitty'. Mao is a homophone of course for Mao Zedong. At the height of the Cultural Revolution, some people were persecuted for harming cats, as it was supposedly symbolic of opposition to Mao. There is a famous quote by Deng Xiaoping, "No matter if it is a white cat or a black cat; as long as it can catch mice, it is a good cat," in reference to abandoning ideology when it impeded progress.
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8/29/07 at 6:00am