Mao Zedong

Tan Dun

BAREFOOT BOY I was born into an intellectual family in Hunan province [in 1957]. My mother was a doctor and my father a researcher at a nutritional institute. They helped me connect with various aspects of life starting in my tender years.

Sunday, 29 April, 2012, 12:00am

Open up

Despite the media frenzy all over the world, the Bo Xilai affair may have opened a window of opportunity for Chinese leaders to build a consensus for launching serious political reforms. It has become clear that two critical aspects of the Chinese political system - central-local relations and decision-making at the top - need revamping.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Maoist sites closed over Bo support

Two leading Maoist websites have been temporarily shut in the latest fallout from the unfolding political crisis triggered by the recent downfall of Bo Xilai, one of the most high-profile political 'princelings'.

7 Apr 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

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

Pinning a number on the civil service

Mainland media have been abuzz since a senior National People's Congress deputy said the number of civil servants had grown by one million a year for the past four years.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Mao-tai maker decries counterfeits

Kweichow Moutai, which makes the most prestigious and expensive mao-tai spirits, says all special editions available on the market that claim to have been made for senior army officers and central government officials are fake, the Guangzhou Daily reports.

Many people prefer to buy mao-tai with packaging that makes such claims, believing they are genuine and superior.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Protest leaders elected to key posts in Wukan

Two prominent leaders of land-grab protests in Wukan, Guangdong, were elected village chief and deputy chief yesterday, in a milestone for grass-roots democracy on the mainland.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Transition to market economy must continue'

The mainland has reached a 'turning point' after three decades in which gross domestic product growth averaged 10 per cent a year, and now needs to complete the transition to being a market economy in order to establish itself as a high-income society, according to a report jointly issued by the central government and the World Bank yesterday.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A trip south worth remembering today

This week 20 years ago, the then 88-year-old Deng Xiaoping arrived in Guangzhou on his special train and began what later became known as his famous southern tour.

The trip revived stalled economic reforms and put China on track to become the world's second-biggest economy today.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Local performers need nurture, arts veterans say

Arts veterans say lack of government support to take their efforts to a higher level is inhibiting the growth of local performance groups.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A book lover's fairy tale in the making

The opening of the Fangsuo 'bookshop' in Guangzhou's most upmarket shopping mall last month was a landmark event in a city often decried as a cultural desert and a shot in the arm for the mainland's beleaguered book retailers.

Diehard fans of the printed word hope it will bolster the trade in Guangzhou, a goal shared by the store's creators.

31 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Don's vulgar remark sparks lively debate

Fiery Peking University professor Kong Qingdong, a key leftist academic, is no stranger to publicity.

He was back in the public spotlight last month after he claimed in a microblog entry he had told Cao Linhua, a reporter for Southern People Weekly magazine, to 'f*** off' three times in a row because Cao represented a 'traitorous' media organisation, Nanfang Media Group.

6 Dec 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

American dream

Vivienne Tam is one of fashion's most successful designers, boasting an empire that ranges from clothing, shoes and accessories to computers and a yoga line. It's hard to believe there was a time when the aspiring young designer struggled to find an audience in Hong Kong.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am