Mao Zedong

Paintings vanish from Mao rostrum

Eight paintings are missing from the rostrum where Mao Zedong announced the founding of the People's Republic of China, the latest scandal involving cultural institutions on the mainland.

Thursday, 25 August, 2011, 12:00am

Narrative misses its mark despite information overload

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See Bloomsbury

Lisa See packs more narrative action into three pages of Dreams of Joy than most novelists manage in several hundred.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The next lap

One side effect of the Dengist economic reforms that started to penetrate deeply in the 1980s was the transition from a ruling Communist Party that focused on class struggle and revolutionary aspiration under Mao Zedong , to one in which a new technocratic elite were in control.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

How golden boy split with party

If he had toed the party line, Dr Wang Juntao would probably be a prominent political figure in the Communist Party by now. Instead, he became one of the most prominent Chinese dissidents.

Jailed for 'inciting, organising and masterminding a counter-revolutionary rebellion' in the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement, he now lives in exile in the United States.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

We see who next leaders will be, not how they are chosen

In the official lexicon, managing China is often likened to navigating a ship, with Mao Zedong even known as the nation's Great Helmsman during the Cultural Revolution.

However, throughout most of the 20th century, as China was sailing into uncharted waters, its passengers never seemed to agree on where the ship was going.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Party can't stick to its present course

It is not surprising that the Chinese Communist Party, which marks its 90th anniversary today, prefers to highlight the last three decades of economic growth that have lifted hundreds of millions from poverty, created an ever more comfortable middle class and overseen the country's emergence as a leading player on the world stage.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Party is deifying itself, scholar warns

An outspoken academic has launched a scathing attack on the propaganda blitz marking the Communist Party's 90th anniversary, saying the ongoing campaign is deifying the party.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Peering into birthplace of 'the new China'

It looks like a suburb in Beijing - roadworks upon roadworks disappearing into the distance.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Party pioneers, ideologists languish in historical obscurity

Yang Paoan was just an obscure Communist who died at the hands of the forces of the Nationalist Party.

But that was before Sun Yat-sen University professor Li Jian stumbled upon one of Yang's essays, published in 1919, in a bundle of old magazines Li bought from a second-hand book dealer in the early 1960s.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A Maoist utopia emerges online

A bookshop manager leading a campaign to defend the legacies of Mao Zedong claims his movement has won significant political momentum from its recent petition calling for two scholars to be charged with sedition.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The long road home for Mao's exiled youth

Kong Ping has spent the past two years converting his company's Shanghai cemetery grounds into a 50 million yuan (HK$59.91 million) museum and square. The project is dedicated to the tens of millions of zhi qing (educated youth) who were mobilised under a call from Mao Zedong to leave their urban homes during the 1950s and '70s and endure an arduous life in the countryside.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Fresh story breathes new life into Tang opera tale

The Last Emperor of Southern Tang Cultural Centre Ends tonight

A new story structure and a strong narrative have given fresh perspective to the debate over innovation and preservation of traditional Cantonese opera.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Communist propaganda pushes out Hollywood

Hollywood blockbusters including Transformers 3 and Cars 2 have been pushed back on mainland cinema schedules to make way for the Communist Party's latest propaganda film. The Founding of a Party, set to premiere across the mainland on June 15, marks the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party on July 1.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing faces pressure to act against Mao critics

Pressure is mounting on Beijing to respond to a neo-Maoist campaign spreading throughout the country that aims to bring two of the Great Helmsman's most outspoken critics to trial.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

Long march to London: will Mao's poems inspire volleyball team?

Can Mao Zedong's poetry rekindle the fighting spirit of the Chinese women's volleyball team in time for next year's London Olympics?

5 May 2011 - 12:00am