Cultural Revolution

Liberal-leaning officer joins top brass

The leadership's decision to appoint a liberal-leaning officer to the heights of the army is part of the party's effort to refashion its image as open-minded and inclusive, analysts say.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:42pm

Though I Am Gone

The mainland-based Douban website touts itself as a movie database but a search for Hu Jie's 2007 documentary Though I Am Gone - about the brutal killing of a school principal during the Cultural Revolution - proves fruitless.

The mainland may have sanctioned other films which broach the so-called '10 years of catastrophe' but Hu's film is still banned because of its subject.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

TV drama on 'sent down youth' too rosy, say critics

A television series intended to pay tribute to the Communist Party has drawn the ire and even disgust of some viewers for its perceived white-washing of a key part of the Cultural Revolution.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Think again, urge mainland students in US

A group of mainland students studying in the United States has published an open letter to President Hu Jintao and Vice-President Xi Jinping calling for a reassessment of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and advocating reform in the run-up to the senior leadership reshuffle this autumn.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bringing memories back home to share

Ma Hui is a well-established as an artist in northern Europe, but her roots go deep as a child of the Cultural Revolution - a period of turmoil in China that forever changed her life and the lives of countless others. The 53-year-old left her homeland 25 years ago and moved to Europe.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

US think tank honours economist for support of market reforms

Prominent liberal economist Mao Yushi has received a prestigious prize in the United States for his support of a market economy and other efforts to promote freedom.

Mao, who blames Mao Zedong for the deaths of 50 million people during his rule, accepted the Milton Friedman prize for advancing liberty from the Cato Institute in Washington on Friday.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

A belated thank you for a father's sacrifice

What is The Little Red Guard about?

This story centres on my grandmother and her coffin. In fact, it is a story about my father, who spent the better part of his life trying to fulfil his mother's last wish of having a traditional burial.

What made you tell this story?

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Another of Bo's men sidelined in Chongqing

Chongqing municipal people's congress chairman, Chen Cungen, has been removed from the southwestern municipality's Communist Party standing committee, local media said yesterday. It is the latest twist following the dismissal as party secretary Bo Xilai just under a fortnight ago.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Many wrongs, but not that many rights

There is a terrible passage at the end of Andre Malraux's novel La Condition Humaine, often translated as Man's Fate, which describes Kuomintang troops cranking up a steam train's furnace - to throw communist prisoners into it alive.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

All the Flowers in Shanghai

All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson William Morrow

There's a good novel in this book, but first you need to unpack it.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bo Xilai may have weathered the storm

Chongqing Communist Party head Bo Xilai - mired in controversy following the detention of his former right-hand man - made a high-profile public appearance on Thursday, meeting a business delegation led by former Macau chief executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah.

Political analysts said it was an indication that Bo was unlikely to be removed before the 18th party congress this autumn.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A house that doubt built

A dilapidated courtyard house demolished in central Beijing last year was not the first to fall victim to a developer's bulldozers.

But its destruction sparked a huge public outcry because it was the former home of a man who had dedicated his life to preserving the mainland's architectural heritage.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong fans turn out to hear 'red songs'

Songs like I am Proud, I am Chinese used to be sung under chairman Mao Zedong's reign, and they still appear to have thousands of Hong Kong fans - who turned out this week to hear some favourites performed by Chongqing choirs.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

U.S. says Bo's ally did go to consulate

Washington and Beijing confirmed yesterday that the former right-hand man of Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai visited the US consulate in Chengdu on Monday.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Such Is This

Such Is This by Hu Fayun (translated by A. E. Clark) Ragged Banner Press

This is a remarkable novel about the pain and grief of Chinese intellectuals at the dawning of the 21st century and how the country has been transformed by the internet.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am