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Cultural Revolution

No way back

No way back

In the second of a two-part series looking at the lasting effects of social engineering projects initiated in the 1950s, Hannah Xu meets some of Mao's 'sent-down youth' who never made it home. Pictures by Simon Song.

Saturday, 8 December, 2012, 11:06pm 2 comments

Unsettling old scores

(From left) Chan Wing-tin, Pak and Yang Bao-zhi at Pak's home in Taikoo Shing.

Encouraged to speak out against party injustices and denounced as 'rightists' for doing so, many Chinese suffered years of torment under Mao’s brutal policies. In the first of a two-part series on the lasting effects of social engineering projects initiated in the 1950s, Oliver Chou meets three musicians who survived their indictments.

2 Dec 2012 - 1:29am 3 comments

Former Red Guard regrets causing mother's death during Cultural Revolution

Zhang Hongbing, now 59, was a Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution. Photo: The Beijing News

A former Red Guard is seeking repentance for accusing his mother of being a “counter-revolutionary” during the Cultural Revolution - an act that led to her execution.

7 Aug 2013 - 5:12pm 5 comments

Red Guard remorse stirs ex-offical to seek apology from his attackers

Chinese tourists walk past a rusted 1970's Cultural Revolution era statue showing Red Guards chanting political slogans in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

A former education official has demanded an apology from his attackers during the Cultural Revolution after reports of a rare message of contrition from a Red Guard emerged last month.

3 Jul 2013 - 4:33pm

Former Red Guard apologises to his victims of Cultural Revolution

Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

The latest edition of the liberal monthly Yanhuang ChuInqiu published the ad and two related letters to the editor from Liu Bocheng last week, prompting a wide discussion online.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:52am 1 comment

Liberal economist Mao Yushi warns of a 'leftist revival' in China

A 1966 picture shows Red Guards students at a parade in Beijing's streets at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. Photo: AFP

In recent weeks prominent liberal economist Mao Yushi has experienced first-hand the leftist revival taking shape on the mainland. First, Mao, 84, was bombarded last month by insults and even death threats by anonymous callers angered by his criticism of the party's patriarch, Mao Zedong.

27 May 2013 - 8:52am 12 comments

Art with political twist goes on show

Co-curator Kuiyi Shen beside one of the works. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Political artworks from the first decade after the Cultural Revolution - by artists in the new arts hub museum collection that is yet to be seen by the public - will go on show across the harbour tomorrow.

14 May 2013 - 3:28am

The dazzling comeback of China's sent-down youth of yesterday

The dazzling comeback of China's sent-down youth of yesterday

When I interviewed Chinese intellectuals 10 years ago, many believed that the zhiqing generation - the fanatical young people sent to the countryside to learn from peasants during the Cultural Revolution - would be left out of the leadership succession.

11 May 2013 - 2:41am 1 comment

Remembrance of dissident Lin Zhao obstructed on 45th execution anniversary

Policemen are seen at Lin Zhao's grave in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on Monday. Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

On the back wall of a gravestone shop, the two fading characters Lin Zhao and an arrow point to a cemetery. The tomb-sweeping festival has already passed, but only one of the graves there still had fresh flowers on it. Behind it was barbed wire and a video camera.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Old Shanghai legacy guardian to be remembered for her writing

Cheng Naishan pictured in 2007. Photo: Courtesy of He Zhaoya

Cheng Naishan, widely considered an icon of Shanghai literature who enjoyed close personal ties with Hong Kong, died on Monday morning in hospital after a long battle with leukaemia.

22 Apr 2013 - 10:12pm

Man in his eighties jailed for Cultural Revolution killing

The portrait of the Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square. Photo: Reuters

Qiu Riren, who is in his eighties, was on Friday condemned to three-and-a-half years in jail for the 1967 killing, said a court official in Ruian, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, declining to give further details.

4 Apr 2013 - 8:48am 2 comments

Premier recalls major turning point for nation

The zhiqing (educated youth) who were sent down to do farm work with local peasants study Chairman Mao's red book with a local farmer in the field.

While new premier Li Keqiang gave little away about his personal feelings in his speech yesterday, he spared a moment to recall one day in one of the poorest counties in China during the Cultural Revolution as one of his most memorable experiences.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Can China's new leaders finally lay to rest ghosts of the Cultural Revolution?

Can China's new leaders finally lay to rest ghosts of the Cultural Revolution?

Once again, the term wen ge - short for the Cultural Revolution - is buzzing around China's web. This time, discussion was sparked by the trial last month of a man for an alleged murder in 1967, at the height of the Cultural Revolution.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 1 comment

Details of Cultural Revolution murder exposed

Photo: AP

There is an old Chinese saying “It’s not that there is no pay back, it just hasn’t come yet.” This perfectly describes the situation Qiu Riren found himself in last Monday when he was tried for a killing he was involved in 46 years ago.

Qiu, an 81-year-old farmer from Ruian, Zhejiang, went on trial for the alleged intentional killing of a doctor named Hong Yunke in 1967.

28 Feb 2013 - 8:58pm

Trial over 1967 killing of doctor sparks netizen debate on Cultural Revolution

Trial stirs Weibo debate on Cultural Revolution

A Zhejiang man in his 80s was tried at his home on Monday for allegedly killing a doctor in 1967 during the Cultural Revolution, the state-run China News Service reported on Tuesday. The man, identified by his last name as Qiu, was accused of killing a doctor surnamed Hong, who was suspected of spying for a rival militia group.

21 Feb 2013 - 8:02am 1 comment

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