Lin Biao

Censor's Warhol ban stifles creativity

Andy Warhol's paintings of Mao Zedong, now showing in Hong Kong, are to be excluded from the exhibition in Shanghai and Beijing. Photo: AFP

When censorship is imposed from above according to fluid political taboos, instead of by reference to community values, it can have bizarre results.

Monday, 24 December, 2012, 3:58am

Silence over Xi Jinping does not befit a modern nation

This file photo taken on September 28, 2011 shows Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping taking part in a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Forty-one years ago today, a Trident jet hurriedly left northern China's Shanhaiguan airport, and then crashed in Mongolia before reaching its supposed destination of the Soviet Union, killing all on board. One of the passengers was Marshal Lin Biao, then vice-chairman of the Communist Party and Mao Zedong's designated successor.

13 Sep 2012 - 4:20pm

Stamps offer window into Chinese history with collection as old as 1878 going on sale

For Hongkongers interested in learning about China's rich history, there are usually two choices - via textbooks or nauseating, mainland-funded propaganda films. But according to Jeffrey Schneider, director of InterAsia Auctions, there's another way - collecting Chinese stamps.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Leading questions

Recently, I returned to my ancestral hometown of Wuxi , in Jiangsu province , to take part in activities to mark the 100th birthday of an early Communist Party leader, Qin Bangxian, also known as Bo Gu. We were not closely related, but we were from the same clan, and I was the only person who lived outside the mainland who was invited to take part.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

'Traitor' restored as military hero

After being labelled a traitor for years, Lin Biao has been quietly restored as one of the mainland's top military heroes in a new exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.

The exhibition opened in Beijing yesterday. Lin's portrait was included among the so-called 10 marshals who are considered the PLA's founders.

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Mao, the March & the myth

SUN SHUYUN DIDN'T set out to write a book. When the documentary maker left her comfortable London home in the spring of 2004 for Jiangxi province, it was to simply retrace the footsteps of Mao's Red Army during a pivotal time in China's history - the Long March.

21 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

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.

13 May 2006 - 12:00am

Sex, Mao and censorship

YAN LIANKE HAS been pushing the boundaries for years. His novel Shouhuo (Feeling Good) is a wickedly surreal tale of a provincial official who tries to promote tourism in his impoverished fiefdom by renting Lenin's corpse and organising a circus of deaf, dumb and blind people.

20 Mar 2005 - 12:00am