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He Zizhen

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H Zǐzhēn (贺子珍, also 贺自珍) (September 1909 - April 19 1984) was the second wife of Mao Zedong from May 1928 to 1939.

She was born in Yunshan (云山), Jiangxi and joined the Communist Youth League in 1925. She graduated from the Yongxin Girls' School (永新女子学校) and joined the Communist Party of China in 1926. He Zizhen was introduced to Mao Zedong at Jinggangshan by Yuan Wencai, a classmate of her elder brother, in the spring of 1928. In 1937 she travelled to the Soviet Union to treat an illness, later attending the Moscow East University (?) (莫斯科东方大学) and returning to China in 1948. In the fall of 1949 she became the chair of the Zhejiang Women's Union (浙江省妇联).

He Zizhen had three daughters and three sons with Mao Zedong, but except for their daughter Li Min, all of them died young or were separated from the family. Two English researchers who retraced the entire Long March in 2002-2003 located a woman who they believe might be a missing child abandoned by Mao and He to peasants in 1935[1] (http://english.qianlong.com/7778/2003-4-16/208@792743.htm). Ed Jocelyn and Andrew McEwen[2] (http://www.newlongmarchers.com) hope a member of the Mao family will respond to requests for a DNA test.

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