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  • Sep 18, 2014
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Cultural Revolution

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

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.

Monday, 7 January, 2013, 11:31am 7 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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