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Editor’s Introduction

Editor’s Introduction Alexander C. Cook’s “Chinese Uhuru: Maoism and the Congo Crisis” dis- closes what he calls an “emerging Maoist aesthetic of insurgency.” Reading declassie fi d political documents about Maoist guerilla activity in the quint - essential Cold War event of the Congo Crisis, Cook guides the reader to a dramatic script War Drums on the Equator staged in Chinese cities on and around May 1, 1965. The geopolitical and the aesthetic are merged, in a situation where aesthetics play an active, powerful historical role in unfold - ing events. There is a Cold War over truth. On the side of untruth lie neo- imperialism, neocolonialism, and US style “democracy”; and on the side of truth, under the international banner of Uhuru, the play War Drums stars Congolese Maoist Parti solidaire africain partisan Pierre Mulele perform - ing true freedom and true friendship. Alongside better- known politicians Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Kasavubu, Mulele plays the role of Maoist positions 27:4 doi 10.1215/10679847-7726877 Copyright 2019 by Duke University Press Downloaded from https://read.dukeupress.edu/positions/article-pdf/27/4/561/699517/0270561.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 16 June 2020 positions 27:4 November 2019 562 comrade, actively recognizing his shared circumstance and insurgent praxis to extract material politics on the ground, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions: asia critique Duke University Press

Editor’s Introduction

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Alexander C. Cook’s “Chinese Uhuru: Maoism and the Congo Crisis” dis- closes what he calls an “emerging Maoist aesthetic of insurgency.” Reading declassie fi d political documents about Maoist guerilla activity in the quint - essential Cold War event of the Congo Crisis, Cook guides the reader to a dramatic script War Drums on the Equator staged in Chinese cities on and around May 1, 1965. The geopolitical and the aesthetic are merged, in a situation where aesthetics play an active, powerful historical role in unfold - ing events. There is a Cold War over truth. On the side of untruth lie neo- imperialism, neocolonialism, and US style “democracy”; and on the side of truth, under the international banner of Uhuru, the play War Drums stars Congolese Maoist Parti solidaire africain partisan Pierre Mulele perform - ing true freedom and true friendship. Alongside better- known politicians Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Kasavubu, Mulele plays the role of Maoist positions 27:4 doi 10.1215/10679847-7726877 Copyright 2019 by Duke University Press Downloaded from https://read.dukeupress.edu/positions/article-pdf/27/4/561/699517/0270561.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 16 June 2020 positions 27:4 November 2019 562 comrade, actively recognizing his shared circumstance and insurgent praxis to extract material politics on the ground,

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