Sunday, February 21, 2010
From a recent article celebrating the 12-hour sweep against prostitution in Beijing in 1949:
"Before closing the brothels, the Beijing municipal [Party] committee and municipal government did a great deal of investigation and research. Peng Zhen, who at the time was secretary of the municipal Party committee, personally led responsible comrades from the municipal Party committee and the municipal government to go deeply into the areas of south Beijing and the "Eight Major Hutongs" outside of Qian Men in order to understand the situation." (在封闭妓院之前，北京市委市政府也做了大量的调查研究工作。时任中共北京市委书记彭真曾亲自率领市委市政府负责同志深入前门外“八大胡同”、南城一带了解情况。)
As we heard from Party organization department head Li Yuanchao last fall, Party officials have apparently been carrying on this fine tradition enthusiastically. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
Thanks to Glenn Tiffert for the reference.