Speaking of Faith has an interview with Anchee Min, who talks about the brain washing of the Chinese people under Mao. You can listen to it by clicking on the link you find on this page.
My wife was born in China during the cultural revolution, and her earliest baby picture shows her wearing a Mao button. Mao created a living hell in China that still haunts China today. Fortunately my wife's family was able to get to Hong Kong when she was about 6... although how they pulled that off has never been made clear to me. :)