Petitioner 'poisoned' for land complaints

A petitioner who had spent two years seeking redress for the demolition of his ancestral home in Fuzhou, Fujian, died last week after unidentified thugs severely beat him and forcibly injected him with toxic chemicals, fellow petitioners said.

Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am

Film banned by Mao becomes a modern hit

Sixty-one years after being labelled 'reactionary propaganda' by Mao Zedong , 'the first banned film of New China' went back on the market in DVD format on March 15.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Too much talk of China's rise, says former minister

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Last tribute for Mao's chosen successor

The park and mausoleum for Hua Guofeng, the transitional Communist Party leader at the end of the Cultural Revolution, officially opened to the public yesterday in Shanxi province after Hua's ashes arrived at the site last week.

It is built on a piece of land selected by Hua's family and cost 10 million yuan (HK$12.2 million).

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rights from wrong

Colluding with foreign powers to topple the government is a crime regularly denounced by government propaganda in China. This is seen as such a heinous transgression in people's mind that an offender is despised by all. But, every time we commemorate this or that event in our revolutionary past, we can't help but see that the great revolutionaries we honour today did exactly that.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Going forward, let's say something else

Some annoying words and phrases that serve no purpose often slip into a language and gain wide currency. They are like irritating bugs that get into your system and stay there forever without doing tremendous harm.

A recent example is the phrase 'going forward'. Not a day goes by without someone making a public speech or statement using it at least once.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Curbing the waste of female talent

The evolution of views on the role of women has pushed them closer to their aspiration for equality in many parts of the world. But long after Mao Zedong said women hold up half the sky, this is still not reflected globally in the workplace - whether in salaries or business leadership - or in politics.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Persecution in troubled times

When the Communist Party took control of the mainland, only two of the party's 13 founding members, Mao Zedong and Dong Biwu, made it to the Tiananmen rostrum for a grand ceremony to mark the founding of the People's Republic on October 1, 1949.

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

We see who next leaders will be, not how they are chosen

In the official lexicon, managing China is often likened to navigating a ship, with Mao Zedong even known as the nation's Great Helmsman during the Cultural Revolution.

However, throughout most of the 20th century, as China was sailing into uncharted waters, its passengers never seemed to agree on where the ship was going.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Peering into birthplace of 'the new China'

It looks like a suburb in Beijing - roadworks upon roadworks disappearing into the distance.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The long road home for Mao's exiled youth

Kong Ping has spent the past two years converting his company's Shanghai cemetery grounds into a 50 million yuan (HK$59.91 million) museum and square. The project is dedicated to the tens of millions of zhi qing (educated youth) who were mobilised under a call from Mao Zedong to leave their urban homes during the 1950s and '70s and endure an arduous life in the countryside.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing faces pressure to act against Mao critics

Pressure is mounting on Beijing to respond to a neo-Maoist campaign spreading throughout the country that aims to bring two of the Great Helmsman's most outspoken critics to trial.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

Long march to London: will Mao's poems inspire volleyball team?

Can Mao Zedong's poetry rekindle the fighting spirit of the Chinese women's volleyball team in time for next year's London Olympics?

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement

Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement by Andrew Walder Harvard HK$431

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Tommy Li retrospective fills the ArtisTree

Filling the ArtisTree's 20,000 sq ft space with a single person's work would seem a monumental task. Not so for designer Tommy Li, who has over 20 years worth of commercial and personal projects behind him, and the able and dedicated help of a 15-person team.

13 Dec 2010 - 12:00am