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Mao Zedong

Censor's Warhol ban stifles creativity

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

Maoists print newspaper to spread views after Utopia website shut

Faced with the shutdown of leading leftist websites earlier this year, supporters of the late Mao Zedong are spreading their views the old-fashioned way: printing a newspaper.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

Congress Briefs, November 11, 2012

Beijing plans 600b budget for railways

11 Nov 2012 - 7:11am

Han Suyin loved China but turned a blind eye to its excesses

There are few women whose life and views on modern China have aroused as much controversy as Han Suyin, who died aged 95 in Switzerland on November 2.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:36am 1 comment

China's power elite mix influence and fashion as Mao suits fade out

Voters like to see strong fashion choices from their leaders, and the recent US campaign trail shone a spotlight on style. To attract voters, the American presidential candidates, and their wives, had to show outstanding sartorial taste during the campaign. Sometimes they even had to show off more than just good taste.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Great minds not necessarily to be trusted

Why did some of the most brilliant minds of the last century become apologists for history's worst tyrannies? Today we cringe recalling the 1968 pronouncement of Chinese-born author Han Suyin, who died last Friday aged 95, that Mao Zedong was "the greatest man China has known".

7 Nov 2012 - 1:57am 2 comments

The long shadow of the Cultural Revolution

Let me begin with what for most Western scholars is a truism: No Cultural Revolution, no reform. In other words, without the disasters that occurred in the first 30 years of the People's Republic, and particularly in the last 10 years of Mao Zedong's life, we wouldn't have seen the amazing economic growth of the subsequent 30-plus years.

7 Nov 2012 - 7:18am 4 comments

China’s painful past displayed under political shadow

A group of museums commemorating China’s violent Cultural Revolution is opening up normally tightly controlled discussion of the chaotic era – but only up to a point.

3 Nov 2012 - 7:05pm

A cultural relic reappears

His family's waning influence aside, Mao Zedong's long-forgotten nephew has chosen an interesting time to make a public appearance.

31 Oct 2012 - 10:28am

Mao Zedong's nephew draws online attention

A recent high profile appearance and comment by Mao Zedong’s nephew lead to a flurry of activity on China’s social networks, ahead of the 18th Communist Party congress.  

31 Oct 2012 - 9:43am