Cultural Revolution

Ideals gone astray

I have spent four wonderful years on the idyllic campus of Stanford University in California, where every student is treated as equal, irrespective of race, colour, country of origin, religion or political beliefs.

Monday, 12 May, 2008, 12:00am

Enemy of the state

In recent weeks, Beijing has been telling the whole world that the 'Dalai clique' has been guilty of inciting violence in Tibet , resulting in arson and death. However, this does not mean that non-violent protests are acceptable; far from it.

9 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Wolf Totem

Wolf Totem

by Jiang Rong

Hamish Hamilton HK$216

As Chen Zhen is riding home one day his horse suddenly baulks, tosses its head and snorts in fear. Too inexperienced to read the black steed's signals, Chen forces it to press on. His ignorance nearly costs his - and the horse's - life.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Couple's passion opens window on China

A woman is sewing. She's wearing a head scarf and traditional Chinese blouse, the lapel buttoned at the shoulder. She's pale, intense and contemplative. It's 1944, during the war with Japan and just before the civil war in China. What is she going through? What is she thinking? There's a letter sitting in a basket beside her. Is it from her husband, or her brother, or a soldier?

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Old China hand helps protect Olympic logos

Archery expert ready to target those who infringe copyright

Veteran China hand Stephen Selby has seen the mainland come full circle in the past four decades.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

This week's question Which political leader do you admire the most?

Astha Agarwal, 14

Al Gore. I really admire what he's doing for the world. Global warming is a big problem for our planet and I think he has increased understanding and used his status to gain publicity for a very important cause. He is very determined and backs up his arguments with evidence. I really respect him for that.

Chien Wei Lui, 15

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Image problems

China is something of a neophyte where public relations is concerned. It is trying to improve this; it has enlisted the help of lobbyists and is seeking to enhance its soft power by, for example, opening Confucius Institutes around the world to promote Chinese language and culture.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Echoes of the past

Adam Williams is a hard man to pin down. When we first meet, at the launch party for his new novel The Dragon's Tail, he seems an affable, well-spoken and rather sedate English gentleman. It's an impression that fails to convey a life of globetrotting. Born in Hong Kong, Williams has lived in Taiwan, Japan, Oxford, London, Shanghai, Beijing and Italy.

30 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Ties torn

In his mind's eye, Qiu Xiaolong could have been the little boy in the picture. Many times he's put himself there on the hillside, smiling, holding his mother's outstretched arm and urging her to follow him into the distance.

23 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


All nations should respect human rights

The Dalai Lama received a warm welcome from the Canadian prime minister, during his trip to the maple leaf country. Unfortunately, like his visits to other countries, his trip was again criticised by the Chinese government ('Beijing slams meeting as 'gross interference' ', October 31).

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Funeral committee 'followed'

Friends and family of prominent liberal intellectual Bao Zunxin were preparing for the late dissident's funeral under close police scrutiny yesterday, following his death in Beijing on Sunday.

30 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Li Keqiang: Scholar who passed up foreign study for party

The political life of Li Keqiang began in a destitute village. In 1974, at the age of 19, Mr Li, a high school graduate from Hefei No8 Secondary School, shared the fate of tens of thousands of intellectuals at the time and was sent to work as a farmer in a rural brigade.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Donald needs to apologise for insulting the HK people

'In an interview with ATV Newsline shown last night, Mr Tsang said democracy and good governance were not mutually exclusive. But he had seen examples of democracy developed at the expense of good governance at the 'extreme level''.

SCMP, October 15

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

You need more history lessons, Mr Tsang

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen emphasised the need for more 'national education' - a better understanding of the country's development and sense of its national and cultural identity - during his policy address last week.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Witness who won't stay silent

Xinran has almost completed her next book, China Witness, and says it's the most exhausting work of her career.

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am