Culture Heroes

Stubborn courage of Shaoyang dissidents

Shaoyang, in the southwest of central China's Hunan province, is an almost forgotten city despite past glories in a history spanning more than 25 centuries, dating back to the Spring and Autumn period.

Saturday, 16 June, 2012, 12:00am

Film banned by Mao becomes a modern hit

Sixty-one years after being labelled 'reactionary propaganda' by Mao Zedong , 'the first banned film of New China' went back on the market in DVD format on March 15.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Patriot suffered for beloved art

Huang Xinbo (1916-1980) was a pioneer of the modern Chinese woodcut and, through the influence of Lu Xun (1881-1936), devoted himself to the development and promotion of this art form.

To pay homage to this renowned artist 31 years after his death, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum presents 'Imprint of the Heart: Artistic Journey of Huang Xinbo' from now until February 27.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The End of the Revolution - China and the Limits of Modernity

The End of the Revolution - China and the Limits of Modernity by Wang Hui Verso Books

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Chinese pop artist Huang Yong's paintings (including, Mao - National Anthem, left) incorporate visual symbols into works such as portraiture. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm, Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell St, Central. Inquiries: 2525 0529. Ends Nov 30

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Police harass dozens of blind activist's supporters

Scores of supporters of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng were harassed, confined at home or warned to refrain from visiting him on his 40th birthday yesterday - a sign authorities remain as jittery as ever over his influence.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Reflecting signs of the times

When Chinese pop artist Huang Yong was a Shanghai schoolboy, he was exposed to communist texts from Mao Zedong and others. When he developed his own thinking, his memories of those teachings grew distant, and this is reflected in the indistinct feature of his work. Yet when you look at his work from a distance, it becomes clear - Huang's memories have left an indelible imprint.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

How golden boy split with party

If he had toed the party line, Dr Wang Juntao would probably be a prominent political figure in the Communist Party by now. Instead, he became one of the most prominent Chinese dissidents.

Jailed for 'inciting, organising and masterminding a counter-revolutionary rebellion' in the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement, he now lives in exile in the United States.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Persecution in troubled times

When the Communist Party took control of the mainland, only two of the party's 13 founding members, Mao Zedong and Dong Biwu, made it to the Tiananmen rostrum for a grand ceremony to mark the founding of the People's Republic on October 1, 1949.

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Youthful ideals abandoned in the pursuit of power

You may think of the Chinese Communist Party as a conservative and secretive organisation that resists modern, universal values - but did you know that when it was founded, it was the champion of liberal ideals such as democracy, social justice, freedom of speech and the emancipation of women?

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Party pioneers, ideologists languish in historical obscurity

Yang Paoan was just an obscure Communist who died at the hands of the forces of the Nationalist Party.

But that was before Sun Yat-sen University professor Li Jian stumbled upon one of Yang's essays, published in 1919, in a bundle of old magazines Li bought from a second-hand book dealer in the early 1960s.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beginning of the Great Revival

Starring: Liu Ye, Chow Yun-fat, Feng Yuanzheng, Jiang Jiayi Director: Han Sanping, Huang Jianxin Category: IIA (Putonghua)

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A touch of Red Army hardship to train cadres

Some of the legacy of Mao Zedong and his Red Army is being added to the Communist Party's training curriculum to cultivate party allegiance among younger party and government officials who will become the cornerstone of future leadership.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Under the Hawthorne Tree (film)

Legendary director Zhang Yimou returns to the arthouse scene and shows us that simplicity goes a long way - even at the expense of budget - when it comes to touching hearts. Under the Hawthorne Tree is the gripping true tale of young lovers caught in the turbulent period of the Cultural Revolution.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Writer walks tightrope of the censors in magazine

Han Han looked for a publisher for his new magazine for a long time. He said he was trying to put out a product that was censored as little as possible, and he needed a publisher who shared that view.

One publisher said no to a cover of a gun-toting nude man with his private parts covered by a logo of the magazine, placed as such to pass censors.

24 Aug 2010 - 12:00am