Cultural Revolution

Museum's reputation shattered

Since May, the most prestigious guardian of China's ancient culture - the Forbidden City's Palace Museum - has been at the centre of controversy with irregularities and mismanagement exposed weekly, and with a string of scandals that are still unfolding.

Friday, 19 August, 2011, 12:00am

How golden boy split with party

If he had toed the party line, Dr Wang Juntao would probably be a prominent political figure in the Communist Party by now. Instead, he became one of the most prominent Chinese dissidents.

Jailed for 'inciting, organising and masterminding a counter-revolutionary rebellion' in the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement, he now lives in exile in the United States.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Party can't stick to its present course

It is not surprising that the Chinese Communist Party, which marks its 90th anniversary today, prefers to highlight the last three decades of economic growth that have lifted hundreds of millions from poverty, created an ever more comfortable middle class and overseen the country's emergence as a leading player on the world stage.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Party is deifying itself, scholar warns

An outspoken academic has launched a scathing attack on the propaganda blitz marking the Communist Party's 90th anniversary, saying the ongoing campaign is deifying the party.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A Maoist utopia emerges online

A bookshop manager leading a campaign to defend the legacies of Mao Zedong claims his movement has won significant political momentum from its recent petition calling for two scholars to be charged with sedition.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The long road home for Mao's exiled youth

Kong Ping has spent the past two years converting his company's Shanghai cemetery grounds into a 50 million yuan (HK$59.91 million) museum and square. The project is dedicated to the tens of millions of zhi qing (educated youth) who were mobilised under a call from Mao Zedong to leave their urban homes during the 1950s and '70s and endure an arduous life in the countryside.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Suffer the little children

Grace Geng used to be a cheerful, outgoing girl, but now, aged 18, instead of dreaming about what life might hold for her, she is suffering from depression and is constantly anxious about her missing father.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Long march to London: will Mao's poems inspire volleyball team?

Can Mao Zedong's poetry rekindle the fighting spirit of the Chinese women's volleyball team in time for next year's London Olympics?

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Dark days

More than a decade ago, the newspaper I was working for was penalised for running a story about a graveyard in Chongqing. Buried in that graveyard were hundreds of young men and women who were killed in brutal factional battles during the Cultural Revolution.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement

Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement by Andrew Walder Harvard HK$431

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Bo Xilai hones English to get message across in Chongqing

The Chongqing municipal government's omnipresent control of society is legendary. Now its tentacles have reached the realm of English translation - in what appears to be yet another ideological push supported by the municipality's flamboyant leader.

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Open letter calls for end to media censorship

A group of former high-ranking political and cultural officials published a rare, strongly worded open letter to the top legislature calling mainland media censorship unconstitutional and saying it should be abolished.

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Class issue officially ignored

Jin Zhong , publisher and author of the book, said he wanted to write it because the class issue was an important part of the mainland's history of the past 60 years that had been officially ignored.

'It used this class theory as the most efficient form of control to retain power. It was like the caste system in India and apartheid in white-ruled South Africa.'

26 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Qu Leilei

BEFORE THE REVOLUTION Most of my generation lived through a similar experience to mine during the Cultural Revolution. Now, living in the West, I find people are fascinated by my past. Looking back I realise how much I learnt about life during that time. So, even if I received little formal education, I don't see it as a waste of time.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

From Russia with love ... for the party

Lilia Yanark, 60, became the youngest member to join the Soviet Communist Party when her application was approved on her 18th birthday. A dedicated cadre in Moscow until just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yanark has since lived in London and New York, eventually becoming a successful international businesswoman.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am