Cultural Revolution

Cultural revelations

MAO ZEDONG WAS paranoid and secretive. The man who launched the Cultural Revolution's 10 years of terror seldom told anyone what he was thinking - nor did he leave much in the way of a paper trail.

Sunday, 3 September, 2006, 12:00am

World Heritage-listed village reaping rich rewards from sudden tourist influx

Q: What was the village like before 1949?

A: Anhui businessmen were famous during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The men in our village often left at 13 or 14 to become apprentices in the pawn-broking business or in the salt trade. Under the Nationalists, business was not good because of the blow to foreign investment and wars.

How have things changed since?

3 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Oh, the paint of it all! An artist brushes away her tears

Memories of the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution still haunt Linda Liao Lin. Born in Nanning, Guangxi province, during the turbulent period, she learnt about the dark side of humanity at an early age.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

An artist inspired to fight for justice

The blazing reds and vibrant blues that erupt from artist Linda Liao's canvases find their roots in a childhood spent running wild in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution and a continuing desire to right social wrongs.

19 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Media scrutiny intensifies in key year

Beijing concerned how Mao Zedong, Long March anniversaries get handled

The mainland's media watchdog has warned its branches to keep a close eye on the sale and broadcast of sensitive content with several key political anniversaries rolling around this year.

14 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Show them the money if you want a new generation of theatre

For some, turning 70 might be a sign to slow down. Not for Lin Zhaohua, the doyen of mainland theatre. 'People working with him all know he looks 50, works like a 40-year-old and creates like a 30-year-old,' says a close colleague.

Lin's unique style - combining the exploratory and realistic, avant garde and traditional - defies definition.

18 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Auction of Mao portrait called off at 'suggestion' of authorities

Mainland authorities have effectively banned the controversial auction of a Mao Zedong portrait that set the standard for reproductions of the late leader's image, by 'suggesting' the auctioneer not put the painting up for public sale.

27 May 2006 - 12:00am

Looking beyond Mao's legacy

Twenty-five years ago, the Communist Party of China issued a resolution on its history in which the Cultural Revolution was deemed 'responsible for the most severe setback and heaviest losses suffered by the party, the state and the people since the founding of the People's Republic'.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Cultural Revolution museum seeks 600,000 yuan for extension

Work has started on a 1 million yuan extension of the Cultural Revolution Museum in Shantou , Guangdong, but the museum's founder has raised only 40 per cent of the funds and is appealing for more donations.

17 May 2006 - 12:00am

Eatery cooks up culinary revolution with a difference

Shenzhen's Lewanjia No 1 Productive Community Restaurant has survived in a notoriously fickle industry by serving up revolution on a plate.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Much still to learn from the mistakes of the past

Social science professor Ding Xueliang has never watched a television reality show but he learned what it takes to be a survivor 40 years ago.

'I guess going through the Cultural Revolution was like experiencing [a reality show],' he said. 'It was survival ... and you needed to fight under extreme conditions.'

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

40 years on after the Cultural Revolution

The central government has never released an official death toll for the Cultural Revolution, but Chinese and overseas scholars estimate from 2 million to 20 million.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

How dreams for equality led one man to murder

Liang Donglu expects he will feel pangs of regret every day of his life for killing two students in Wuhan at the height of the Cultural Revolution.

Mr Liang was 18, fired up by the ideological fervour sweeping the nation, when he committed the murders. He was caught and jailed 20 years for the killings.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

A political fire that scorched a nation

Pointing at a massive building in the heart of the capital's Peking University complex, Lou Yulie shows where, in the words of late chairman Mao Zedong , 'a single spark started a prairie fire' that would burn for a decade.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

Salt of the earth

THIS YEAR MARKS the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution's beginning and the 30th of its end. There will be no major observances on the mainland, but the period left an indelible mark on contemporary Chinese writing, with authors largely distinguished between those born before the Cultural Revolution and those born after it, and between rural writers and urban writers.

14 May 2006 - 12:00am