Mao Zedong

Princelings lobby behind the scenes for more democracy

Internal political games are intensifying in Beijing in the run-up to the scheduled leadership transition at the Communist Party's 18th national congress in the second half of next year.

Sunday, 6 November, 2011, 12:00am

Reflecting signs of the times

When Chinese pop artist Huang Yong was a Shanghai schoolboy, he was exposed to communist texts from Mao Zedong and others. When he developed his own thinking, his memories of those teachings grew distant, and this is reflected in the indistinct feature of his work. Yet when you look at his work from a distance, it becomes clear - Huang's memories have left an indelible imprint.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Li's tale portrays 'moral confusion' racking China

The Magician of 1919 by Li Er translated by Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz Make-Do Publishing

In Li Er's short story Christmas Eve a retired schoolteacher mourns the death of his daughter while simultaneously pimping young girls to an infamous nightclub-cum-brothel.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Vivienne Tam - Fashion designer

Strong women have always inspired colourful fashion designer Vivienne Tam Yin-yok, but none more so than her mother. 'I always watched her making her own clothes when I was growing up,' she says.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Children of the revolution, grown older and apart

A visitor to Shantou in eastern Guangdong, glancing at the street names in the city centre, might imagine himself or herself in an earlier age.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Mao debate is far from dead and buried

Thirty-five years after his death, Mao Zedong remains at the centre of a raging political debate between liberals and conservatives on the mainland.

A group of leftists has in the past week launched fresh attacks against the Communist Party's mouthpiece for running a controversial editorial on National Day in which Mao's name was conspicuously absent.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

History takes a new spin

On the eve of the Beijing premiere of 1911 on September 19, the film's cast and crew were granted an audience with Jia Qinglin, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), at the organisation's headquarters.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Soloist adds fresh colour to an ancient love story

The Butterfly Lovers Hong Kong Sinfonietta Concert Hall, City Hall September 24

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Artistic impressions

On a recent trip to Beijing I had the chance to drop into the National Museum of China on the east side of Tiananmen Square for a quick look around. According to its website, it was 'founded' in 2003 after a merger between the National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of the Chinese Revolution.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

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

V ision statement

'I don't know whether it's [Richard] Nixon serving Tsingtao beer or [Mikhail] Gorbachev resigning,' says Liu Heung Shing, trying to decide which opportunity pleased him the most. 'I have always had people asking, 'Liu, where is your camera?' 'Liu would you like to come?' and I have always said, 'Yes, yes, yes.''

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Tangled truths

An erroneous report on Jiang Zemin's death cost Leung Ka-wing his job as ATV's senior vice-president for news and public affairs. Misreporting the life and death of such an important public figure is a major blunder in journalism; from that viewpoint, Leung quit over what was undeniably a big scandal.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Mao's hometown wants US director to give him the Avatar treatment

The hometown of Mao Zedong is planning to invite Hollywood director James Cameron to co-direct a 500 million yuan (HK$609.54 million) live-action theatrical performance about the late leader.The performance would be produced by a new company called the Runze Oriental Group, which was unveiled on Monday in Xiangtan, Hunan province, where Mao was born in 1893.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories...

Victims' families to give account of Manila visit

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Curbing the waste of female talent

The evolution of views on the role of women has pushed them closer to their aspiration for equality in many parts of the world. But long after Mao Zedong said women hold up half the sky, this is still not reflected globally in the workplace - whether in salaries or business leadership - or in politics.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am