Mao Zedong

Remembering the dark days of China's Cultural Revolution

A museum visitor reading a caution that a national disaster such as the Cultural Revolution should never be allowed to happen again. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

It has been 36 years since China marked the end of the Cultural Revolution, and Peng Qian has spent the last seven anniversaries doing something the government will not: holding public memorials at a museum he helped found, to remember the millions who languished and died

Saturday, 18 August, 2012, 11:10am

World heritage bid likely to include Mao's tomb

The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and the Monument to the People's Heroes are likely to be included in the UN application for world heritage status, according to an official from the Dongcheng district Culture Commission in Beijing.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Liberal-leaning officer joins top brass

The leadership's decision to appoint a liberal-leaning officer to the heights of the army is part of the party's effort to refashion its image as open-minded and inclusive, analysts say.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

An appetite for destruction

On September 11, 2001, German artist Anselm Kiefer was in Vienna where his second wife was giving birth to their son. He was in a taxi when he heard what had happened in New York. He couldn't believe the news: 'I thought it was science fiction.'

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Sabotage: The Mafia, Mao and the Death of the Queen Elizabeth

Sabotage: The Mafia, Mao and the Death of the Queen Elizabeth by Brian Izzard Amberley Publishing

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Late mainland artist's work sets record

A renowned modern Chinese landscape painting by Li Keran sold for nearly 300 million yuan (HK$365 million) in Beijing, setting a personal auction record for the late mainland artist.

The starting price for the piece, one of the artist's Landscape in Red series of seven paintings, was 180 million yuan, but the bidding on Sunday night was intense, Xinhua reported.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Bringing memories back home to share

Ma Hui is a well-established as an artist in northern Europe, but her roots go deep as a child of the Cultural Revolution - a period of turmoil in China that forever changed her life and the lives of countless others. The 53-year-old left her homeland 25 years ago and moved to Europe.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland's last chance to reform

A top policy adviser to the government's economic planning agency says the Deng-era approach to reform has run its course and that the window of opportunity for moving to a rule-based system is limited.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hiring of arts boss 'was done properly'

The man chosen to lead Hong Kong's top performing arts academy impressed the selection panel with his experiences in restructuring educational institutions, the South China Morning Post has learnt.

But Academy of Performing Arts (APA) council members outside the five-member panel knew little of how Adrian Walter was selected, sources close to the academy said.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Party strives to keep bad emperors away

Who was the last emperor of China? If it's a history question, you would say Puyi. But if it's a political science question, most people would say Mao Zedong. A key political issue confronting China and its future has to do with understanding this characterisation of Mao and how to prevent another 'emperor' from emerging under a one-party authoritarian system.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Sunday will determine if we stay in Europe and the euro

Former Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos commenting on Greece's upcoming election

My girls say there are usually eight or so other girls sitting there waiting

Luna Chan Lui from the the NGO PathFinders on the number of women using underground abortion clinics in Hong Kong

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

A belated thank you for a father's sacrifice

What is The Little Red Guard about?

This story centres on my grandmother and her coffin. In fact, it is a story about my father, who spent the better part of his life trying to fulfil his mother's last wish of having a traditional burial.

What made you tell this story?

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Immortal Words

Immortal Words by Terry Breverton Quercus (e-book)

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cyberpolice silence high-profile think tank

The website of one of the mainland's most high-profile liberal research institutions, the Unirule Institute of Economics, has been shut down amid signs that the policing of online dissent is intensifying.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Masters of sound, image and sculpture come together

Some of the Daydreamers


29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am