Five Red Categories

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The "Five Red Categories" (simplified Chinese: 红五类; traditional Chinese: 紅五類; pinyin: hóng wǔ lèi) during China's Cultural Revolution (1966–76) were the social classes favoured by the Communist Party of China. In the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, Red Guards were only allowed to come from the "Five Red Categories". These included:


  • Sullivan, Lawrence R. (2012). Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party. The Scarecrow Press. p. 104.