Workers blamed for bridge collapse

Part of a nearly completed bridge collapsed in the northeast province of Liaoning late on Monday afternoon, and the local government said worker negligence was to blame, as construction procedures had not been properly followed.

Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am

Heroic deeds tainted by the party's propaganda machine

Mainland media were awash with praise for two young heroes last week - 29 year-old teacher Zhang Lili and 31-year-old PLA soldier Shen Xing .

Zhang, a teacher at No.19 Middle School in Jiamusi in Heilongjiang province, lost both her legs after she was run over by a school bus after pushing two students out of its path on May 8.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Students embrace spirit of Lei Feng

University students in Guangzhou have responded enthusiastically to the central government's call to 'learn from Lei Feng'.

Lei Feng was a Mao-era soldier who is used as an example of selfless giving, modesty, dedication and other good qualities. Since March 5, 1963, when Mao Zedong called on the nation to learn from the young soldier, March has been Lei Feng Month.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Extend spirit of Lei Feng to religion

Mainland authorities are concerned about the development of a moral vacuum in society. Their latest attempt to fill it is the relaunch of an iconic role model first held up to the people by Mao Zedong. People's Liberation Army soldier Lei Feng became a symbol of selflessness and good deeds to others after his accidental death in 1962.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Life and soul of the Party

It was a rare fresh morning in February and the clocks were striking eight. On a corner in central Beijing, about six kilometres north of Tiananmen Square, a group of primary-school children with green uniforms were moving hastily into a small building 10 minutes before class. Some waved impatiently to their doting parents, who had ridden their kids to the school on bicycles.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

As China's leaders know, the country's current economic growth model is unsustainable

World Bank president Robert Zoellick in Beijing

Propaganda during the Cultural Revolution became a joke ... the propaganda machine needs to find a new way to persuade people

A critic questioning the drive to reinvent communist propaganda icon Lei Feng (above)

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Communist hero reborn as human face of party

The Communist Party has kicked off a high-profile campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of an icon, in what is being seen as an effort to fill a moral vacuum in society.

The party's powerful Publicity Department launched the 'Practice Lei Feng Spirit' campaign at a press conference in Beijing yesterday.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

PLA soldiers' desertion stirs online speculation

The mainland internet is abuzz with theories explaining this week's desertion of four People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers from a military base in Jilin province.

According to the latest theory, the three teenagers involved were helping their 23-year-old squad leader defend his house, which is facing demolition.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Party goes on, but would its icon recognise it?

In some of Shanghai's busiest subway stations, the revered visage of Lei Feng gazes out over bustling commuters like the ghost of propaganda past.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Rich urged to spend more

7 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Pillar of community falls from his perch

Wang Fengyou, the chairman of the Yilishen Tianxi Group who is in custody for allegedly instigating social unrest, took a long and winding road to become the 'King of Ants'.

Born into a poor farmer's family in a small village in Fushun , Liaoning , the 45-year-old made a living after finishing middle school by opening a tofu shop.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

5.8b yuan internet betting gang goes on trial

Thirty-two agents of several gambling websites went on trial in Liaoning yesterday in a case involving up to 5.8 billion yuan in bets, the mainland's biggest.

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing searches for new pin-up boy as model soldier loses his shine

The boyish face of the mainland's model soldier, Lei Feng , has recently appeared in two unlikely places - promoting condoms and doing good deeds in an online game.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The name of a sociology professor at Peking University, quoted in Saturday's page A6 report on the mainland's memorial day for model worker Lei Feng was misspelled. He is Xia Xueluan , not Xia Jinlian. We regret the error.

5 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Model worker Lei Feng fading into the mist for youngsters

With just days to go until the mainland marks its annual Lei Feng Day, the memory of the model worker seems to be slipping from the public consciousness.

'Do you know who Lei Feng is?' To the surprise of a survey pollster in Kunming, most of the students surveyed said 'no'.

3 Mar 2007 - 12:00am