Cultural Revolution

Old murder case recalls painful chapter in China's history

A restaurant recalling the era of the Cultural Revolution in Beijing. Photo: SCMP pictures

A Zhejiang man in his 80s was tried at his home on Monday for allegedly killing a doctor in 1967 during China’s violent

Wednesday, 20 February, 2013, 4:20pm 1 comment

'Enemy of the people' historian Song Yongyi gives as good as he gets

Historian Song Yongyi, who gave a lecture at Chinese University, says a nation that has no collective memory has no future. Photo: David Wong

Song Yongyi has been locked up twice in his life - both times thanks to the Cultural Revolution. The first time, he was just 21. Having participated in a Red Guard factional fight, he was jailed for five years for belonging to a "counter-revolutionary clique"- a group that challenged Zhang Chunqiao , a member of the Gang of Four.

19 Feb 2013 - 3:59am 1 comment

Some vindication of Ping Fu and the malicious Chinese cyber trolls 'persecuting' her with facts

Ping Fu dismisses her critics saying they haven't read her book. The Guardian journalists did and found even more highly unlikely claims.

14 Feb 2013 - 10:56am 28 comments

Doubts raised over 'flight from China'

Improbable events in Ping Fu’s autobiography have prompted some critics to wonder how much of it is factual. Photo: Anna Webber

The story of American hi-tech entrepreneur Ping Fu is an incredible tale of triumph over tragedy: a tormented childhood during China's Cultural Revolution, detention and forced exile after exposing female infanticide - then glittering success as the head of a major US technology firm.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:47am

'Liar-hunter' Fang Zhouzi accuses Ping Fu of selling fake tragedy to Americans

'Liar-hunter' Fang Zhouzi accuses Ping Fu of selling fake tragedy to Americans

The same claims that have won Fu sympathy from Western readers don't quite add up to some Chinese factcheckers.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:03pm 24 comments

Veterans who fled mainland for Hong Kong in 1970s tell their stories

Some illegal immigrants were allowed to stay if they made it to Hong Kong but others were returned, distraught, across the border. Photos: SMP, Illustration: Brian Wang

Mok was just 26 when, despondent and demoralised, he decided he had no future on the mainland and would try to flee to Hong Kong.

7 Jan 2013 - 11:31am 7 comments

What Hong Kong can expect from Li Yuanchao, likely next Beijing link-man

A young Li Yuanchao

Three decades ago, Li Yuanchao seemed destined for a life in the classroom, not the intrigue-filled halls of Zhongnanhai.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am 2 comments

Han Suyin loved China but turned a blind eye to its excesses

Author Han Suyin, pictured in 1991, a prolific writer on China who was often dismissed as an apologist for Mao's China. Photo: China Foto Press

There are few women whose life and views on modern China have aroused as much controversy as Han Suyin, who died aged 95 in Switzerland on November 2.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:36am 1 comment

Great minds not necessarily to be trusted

Chinese-born author Han Suyin speaking at a press conference in 1977. Photo: SCMP

Why did some of the most brilliant minds of the last century become apologists for history's worst tyrannies? Today we cringe recalling the 1968 pronouncement of Chinese-born author Han Suyin, who died last Friday aged 95, that Mao Zedong was "the greatest man China has known".

7 Nov 2012 - 1:57am 2 comments

The long shadow of the Cultural Revolution

Mao's Cultural Revolution and the reactions to it continue to shape national politics.

Let me begin with what for most Western scholars is a truism: No Cultural Revolution, no reform. In other words, without the disasters that occurred in the first 30 years of the People's Republic, and particularly in the last 10 years of Mao Zedong's life, we wouldn't have seen the amazing economic growth of the subsequent 30-plus years.

7 Nov 2012 - 7:18am 4 comments

China’s painful past displayed under political shadow

Chinese businessman Fan Jianchuan with relics of the Cultural Revolution at his museum near Chengdu, in Sichuan province. Photo: AFP

A group of museums commemorating China’s violent Cultural Revolution is opening up normally tightly controlled discussion of the chaotic era – but only up to a point.

3 Nov 2012 - 7:05pm

High hopes for reform from new generation of leaders in China

Illustration: Henry Wong

High hopes have been placed on the country's so-called fifth generation leaders, set to be handed the keys to power at the 18th Communist Party Congress next month.

19 Oct 2012 - 10:14am 1 comment

Traces of Cultural Revolution crimes in anti-Japanese violence

China's skeletons in the closet, reembodied

17 Sep 2012 - 10:38am

Cultural Revolution museum draws foreigners from Brazil, America

A museum in Guangdong that commemorates the victims of the Cultural Revolution has been drawing visitors from as far away as Brazil and America.

Many of the foreigners are descendants of the millions of Chinese who died during one of the most destructive periods in China's history.

18 Aug 2012 - 11:09am

Remembering the dark days of China's Cultural Revolution

A museum visitor reading a caution that a national disaster such as the Cultural Revolution should never be allowed to happen again. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

It has been 36 years since China marked the end of the Cultural Revolution, and Peng Qian has spent the last seven anniversaries doing something the government will not: holding public memorials at a museum he helped found, to remember the millions who languished and died during one of the nation's most tumultuous periods.

18 Aug 2012 - 11:10am