Cultural Revolution

Through the past, darkly

The past came to Wang Gang like snowflakes. It was 1999 and three years since he had started, but not finished, writing English, the book that was to become his best-selling coming-of-age tale.

Sunday, 22 November, 2009, 12:00am

Teachers shine welcome light onto textbook lies

Students around the world are taught that Thomas Edison, the 19th-century American scientist and businessman, invented the phonograph, the electric light bulb and the motion picture camera, among other marvels.

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Chinese people have made great strides in the past 60 years

The 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC was marked by huge celebrations on National Day.

I felt proud, not because of the scale of these celebrations, but because of what the country has achieved since 1949 in areas such as education, the economy and in society as a whole.

10 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Lion's Head, Four Happiness

Lion's Head, Four Happiness by Xiaomei Martell Vintage Books HK$128

4 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Upheaval in the eyes of a child

Revolution is not a Dinner Party Ying Chang Compestine Published by Walker Books ISBN 9781406315851

Nine year-old Ling Chang lives in a city medical complex with her parents, two well-respected doctors, in Wuhan . It's 1972, and Cultural Revolution is poised to change young Ling's life beyond all recognition.

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

In times of political turmoil, children find inner strength

Revolution is not a Dinner Party By Ying Chang Compestine Published by Walker Books ISBN 978 1 4063 1585 1

Nine-year-old Ling Chang lives in a city medical complex with her doctor parents in Wuhan . It's 1972, and China's Cultural Revolution is poised to change young Ling's life beyond all recognition.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Beyond apologies

Chinese-American authors such as Iris Chang and Amy Tan have made a significant contribution to factual and fictional literature, but few have a tale to tell as piquant as Xujun Eberlein's.

16 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Wolf at the door

Jiang Rong has finally discovered why his controversial multimillion-selling book - which takes swipes at totalitarian rule and pours scorn on many elements of Han Chinese culture - has never been banned.

5 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

National pride inspires collector to donate HK$800m in relics

Chiu Tai-loy, 55, is the most prolific donor of historical relics to China since 1949. He has donated more than 60,000 artefacts since 1991 - conservatively valued at more than HK$800 million - to various mainland museums. Mr Chiu, a British-Chinese who lives in Guangdong, plans to donate more relics to Beijing's Old Summer Palace.

17 May 2009 - 12:00am

Gao Kao 1977

Gao Kao 1977

Wang Xuebing, Zhou Xianxin, Sun Haiying, Zhao Youliang

Director: Jiang Haiyang

17 May 2009 - 12:00am

Socialism is Great!

Socialism is Great!

by Lijia Zhang

University of Western Australia Press, HK$128

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

China Witness

China Witness

by Xinran

Chatto & Windus, HK$184

14 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Me and mine

Chen Fei's Beijing studio looks like a nursery for horror film producers: it's packed with a mint-condition collection of dolls from Hollywood films such as Friday the 13th and Predator. Fellow artist Zhao Yiquan is also into toys, particularly Transformers.

7 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Girl interrupted

Jan Wong is both revered and reviled in her native Canada for her relentless, honest reporting. How many journalists, you wonder, can boast of an irate telephone call from their prime minister?

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Film studies: Loving Zhou

Hyperbole dominates the publicity material for the quaintly named Qing Gui Zhou Enlai (rendered in English as In Love with Zhou Enlai in a Chinese Culture Ministry website): He was the 'the most caring premier in the people's eyes', the 'loyal guardian of the country's interests', 'the perfect embodiment of our national culture'.

26 Jun 2008 - 12:00am