Cultural Revolution

Activist's untiring search for justice

Plans to demolish his house turned a heart patient into a fearless crusader against government injustice

It took the threat of losing his 11 sq m house with a leaky roof to get Guan Zengli to dedicate his life to Beijing's growing protest movement.

Tuesday, 8 July, 2003, 12:00am

Police foil protest at leaders' compound

In the capital, police seal off roads to stop people airing their grievances

Police blocked the streets around Zhongnanhai - the central leadership's private residential compound - yesterday to stop people from protesting over housing demolition payouts and other grievances against the government.

2 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

The 'Iron Lady' who has succeeded in a man's world

In the frenzied days of the Cultural Revolution, business contacts with the outside world almost ground to a halt.

Radar Johanssen, who was working for a Swedish trading company as a sales agent, was one of a small number of businessmen making deals with the central government. Meetings, he recalled, always started with a ritual reading from Mao's Little Red Book.

19 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

China's youth take freedom for granted

Every six months Irene Yang Qi, 23, a graduate student studying English at Beijing's Capital Normal University, returns home to see her parents in Wenzhou. Rather than take a 20-hour train ride, Irene uses her student status to book a discount round-trip ticket on Air China.

18 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Xinran Xue Visit

Chinese-born author of the acclaimed The Good Women Of China, Xinran Xue, talks to the public at both the Fringe Club and Foreign Correspondents' Club. Having suffered a harsh childhood during the Cultural Revolution, for eight years from 1989 Xue hosted a late-night programme on Radio Nanjing, talking about women's lives and inviting callers to tell their stories.

22 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Memories that escaped Red Guards' reach

AFTER THIRTY-FIVE years, Jon Sigurdson has returned to the courtyard house close to Tiananmen Square where, as a young Swedish diplomat, he recorded the sights of the Cultural Revolution with his camera. Some of the area is still recognisable, some not.

'It is still there, the character has changed a bit,' he said. 'The old ladies walking on bound feet have gone.'

26 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Tung's award sends wrong message

I have to disagree with the defence by your correspondent (letter, South China Morning Post, July 14) of the Chief Executive's unwise and insensitive decision to confer a Grand Bauhinia Medal to a prominent leader of the notorious riots in 1967, which disrupted law and order for a long period of time, arrested our economic growth, tarnished our city's image, and even led to many deaths and inju

17 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Memory of Jiang Qing lives on after 10 years

The 10th anniversary of the death of Jiang Qing, the most powerful woman in communist China and wife of Mao Zedong, passed without official comment yesterday.

Two weeks after her death on May 14, 1991, Xinhua reported that she had committed suicide in her home.

15 May 2001 - 12:00am

I mages in time

THE CONTROVERSY FOCUSED on the bigger picture when the exhibition China: Fifty Years Inside The People's Republic opened in New York late last year. Billed as a landmark photography exhibition, with almost 200 images by 33 photographers - some celebrated, some unknown - the show faced immediate criticism.

1 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Study campaign littered with political potholes

If you have been trying to contact cadres in the provinces in the past few months, it is likely many of your calls went unanswered and, if someone picked up the phone, it was to inform you 'the boss has been sent to study'.

Cadres have been hitting the books but not in pursuit of academic excellence.

8 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

The 'spy' who loved me

Given recent revelations of Chinese espionage in the United States and Hollywood's demand for films that involve America's present enemy, directors could well turn Meihong Xu's memoir into a big-screen thriller.

17 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Sichuan dissident held for two days

A pro-democracy activist in Sichuan was detained for 48 hours in an apparent attempt to silence him.

Chen Wei was taken into custody on Wednesday last week when two police officers and six state security agents ransacked his home in Suining city.

16 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Fleshing out a gruesome story

Strolling down the street, the director of the local Bureau of Commerce carried a human leg on his shoulder, which he was taking home to boil and consume. On the leg there still hung a piece of a man's trousers.

25 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Jiang's PLA proteges undermined

A BID by President Jiang Zemin to consolidate his hold on the Army has been challenged by opposition to the rise of two key proteges, Generals Zhang Wannian and Chi Haotian .

Sources close to the People's Liberation Army said a 'campaign of innuendo' had been waged by Mr Jiang's political foes against the two veteran officers.

29 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Cultural Revolution ban

Authorities have stopped several magazines publishing special issues marking the 30th anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution.

The magazines, which had planned articles and seminars to re-examine the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), were advised to shelve them, cadres in media circles said.

16 May 1996 - 12:00am