With the Great Firewall of China blocking the Internet, Chinese get creative with communication. With the arrival of the Mid-Autumn Festival, people are making use of mooncakes to spread messages of their hatred of the Communist Party of China (CCP).
The continuous plight of the Chinese people under the CCP’s rule is exacerbated by Internet monitoring by the Great Firewall of China. Never fear, as people communicated before the Internet; they overthrew the Mongols with secret messages in mooncakes many moons ago.
The traditional pastry given during the Mid-Autumn Festival is once again more than just sweet bean paste filling. The four mooncakes in this picture say: “We Detest the CCP,” “Overthrow the CCP”, “Chew the CCP to Death,” and “Drive the CCP off [from China].”
People are expressing their hatred towards the ruling Party through words inscribed on mooncakes. According to legend, the Mongol rulers of China during the Yuan Dynasty were extremely brutal. Fearing the Han majority might take up arms and revolt, they made a law that every family could only own one kitchen knife, and nobody was allowed to keep weapons.
Zhu Yuanzhang, a rebel leader who would later become the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, wanted to unite the anti-Yuan forces, but had trouble getting the message out. Liu Bowen came up with a plan—to hide the message in mooncakes.
When the Mid-Autumn Festival came, people brought home their mooncakes only to find a piece of paper hidden inside, saying: “On August 15 [Mid-Autumn Festival], we will overthrow the ruling dynasty, every family should act together.” People responded and quickly overthrew the Yuan Dynasty.
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