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Shao Hua

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  Shao Hua is a famous photographer and a general in the People's Liberation Army in China. She was the daughter-in-law of Mao Zedong and the wife of Mao Anqing. She was born in October 1938 in Yan'an, Shaanxi province. Her father was Chen Zhenhua from Shimin County, Hunan Province. She began working as a photographer during the 1950s using a camera which had been brought to her from the Soviet Union by Mao Anying. She traveled extensively throughout China following the Chinese Civil War. The subjects of her photographs were often related to the government of the Communist movement, including factories and other factors of production, army units, schools, and poor rural Chinese villages. She became the head of the China Photographers Association (CPA) in 2002 and served in that position until her death in 2008. She also served as a general in the People's Liberation Army. She had also served as the director of the military encyclopedia department of the PLA Academy of Military Sciences. She was a member of CPPCC from 1988 to 2002, when she began displaying her photographs publicly.  She married Mao Anqing in September 1960. The couple had one son, Mao Xinyu. Mao Anqing died on March 23, 2007, at the age of 84. Her son Mao Xinyu and his wife, Liu Bin, have one son Mao Dongdong born in 2003 who is currently the only great-grandson of Mao Zedong. She died in Beijing of an unspecified illness on June 24, 2008, at the age of 69. 
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