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Cultural Revolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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