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Great Leap Forward (1956-1960)

Bi Chen - Everybody comes to beat sparrows
Designer: Bi Cheng (毕成)
1956, September
Everybody comes to beat sparrows
Dajia dou lai da maque (大家都来打麻雀)
Size: 76.5x52.5 cm.
Call number: BG E12/901 (IISH collection)

The campaign 'Kill the Four Pests' is directed against flies, mosquitoes, rats and sparrows. Sparrows eat grain from the fields, so they have to be killed. But sparrows also feed on insects, like locusts, that become a real plague once the sparrows have been exterminated.
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