Cultural Revolution

Myth amendment

One chilly morning in September 1971, the new Chinese ambassador to Ulan Bator was summoned to the Mongolian Foreign Ministry, told that a Chinese military plane had crashed after illegally entering Mongolian airspace and asked to give an explanation.

Saturday, 13 May, 2006, 12:00am

The party spirit

Tan Longwu was born and raised in Jiangxi province's rugged Jinggangshan area. Tan and his family lived for decades steeped in Communist Party lore and history. They cherished plates of Mao Zedong's favourite braised pork, made especially fatty in these parts, and an 83-year-old neighbour even claims to recall seeing the youthful Mao at work.

19 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the story headlined 'Plan put for museum on Cultural Revolution' on page A6 yesterday, He Jiesheng should have been referred to as the daughter of He Long , not his son.

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Plan put for museum on Cultural Revolution

A proposal to build a Cultural Revolution Museum has been submitted to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference by 48 top scientists and writers in the run-up to the 40th anniversary of the start of the tumultuous period.

The group also sought relaxed controls governing writing and research on the topic, one of the most sensitive in the history of China.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Afar better thing

AT THE GATES of the Australian Embassy in Beijing shortly after dawn on June 4, 1989, cultural counsellor Nicholas Jose tried to convince his friend, literary critic Liu Xiaobo, to take asylum within.

12 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

by Yiyun Li

Random House, $171

Chinese fiction often leaves readers wondering about the author's age and agenda, one reason being its historical baggage. Until recently, so much writing by mainlanders has tended towards the didactic, making relatively simple work of categorising them according to theme and time.

25 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Inspiration for novels drawn from life in gulag

Zhang Xianliang was born in Nanjing city , Jiangsu province , in December 1936. He moved to the Ningxia region in 1955 and worked at a party cultural school.

13 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Stick to your winning formula, Beijing

Zhao Ziyang was a person of outstanding ability. But the question has to be asked: if he had survived the power tussle over the Tiananmen Square uprising and continued as general secretary of the Communist Party through the 1990s, would China still have lifted 400 million people out of destitution in the last quarter of a century?

5 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

. . . while husband Zhang's underground writings defy the civil tone of the state's cultural watchdogs

If prominent 'underground' playwright Zhang Xian gets a knock on his Shanghai door and a visit by the authorities one evening, he'll be expecting it - although he's not sure what form the visit will take or even why. He's had them visit before, and he's wondering when he may hear that knock again.

7 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Praise and brickbats for financial reforms

On the streets of the mainland's largest cities in the lead-up to the anniversary, praise for the financial reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping was tempered with some criticism of the problems they have brought.

23 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Cadre's perilous rise to the top

Liu Yandong - the official sent to Hong Kong on a charm offensive - has risen steadily through the party ranks since the perilous days of the Cultural Revolution, when she was criticised for being a successful student.

30 May 2004 - 12:00am

Tongue twister

Han Shaogong is enthusing about The Story of English by Robert McCrum. 'Have you read it? It's very good, really excellent. It follows the English language to America and elsewhere,' says Han, from his home in Hainan Island's capital, Haikou.

23 Feb 2004 - 12:00am


Stop for cows

No wonder 'Name and address supplied' declined to sign his letter ('A limit to protecting pedestrians', February 5) in which he admitted driving recklessly in his bull-barred van.

10 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Crime and nourishment

A SCOTTISH NOVELIST will spend today in France writing advice for mainland cops as part of a column for Beijing's Contemporary World Police magazine.

8 Feb 2004 - 12:00am


Tragedy's origins

I refer to the article headlined 'Public horrified by violent death of woman beggar' by Verna Yu (July 12), which I fear shows a consistent and growing trend.

The tragedy, which sent shock waves across China, involved a woman in Xian who died after bring physically abused by teenage schoolboys and refused help by officials.

27 Jul 2003 - 12:00am