Mao Zedong

Unofficial history finds voice in Hong Kong

Last Wednesday, two Hong Kong publishers launched Decadence Mandchoue, a book of racy memoirs by a British nobleman who lived in Beijing from 1898 until 1943 and had an intimate knowledge of life in the Imperial Court.

Monday, 11 April, 2011, 12:00am

Lighting up the sky

There's something breathtaking about staring into the night sky and seeing it light up with a symphony of colour. The dazzle of pyrotechnics fills you with mixed emotions. In fireworks, blooming beauty and a sense of lurking danger combine into a potent mix.

1 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Escape from the Land of Snows

Escape from the Land of Snows by Stephan Talty Crown Publishers HK$208

Two of the 20th century's most extreme regimes faced each other across the barricades in March 1959, in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Tommy Li retrospective fills the ArtisTree

Filling the ArtisTree's 20,000 sq ft space with a single person's work would seem a monumental task. Not so for designer Tommy Li, who has over 20 years worth of commercial and personal projects behind him, and the able and dedicated help of a 15-person team.

13 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

From the red poppy to Mao

Anyone doubting the potent power of symbolism need only look at the continuing row over a minor incident that flared when the British prime minister, David Cameron, visited Asia and insisted on wearing a red poppy in his lapel to commemorate those who died in Britain's wars.

4 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Passion sustains publisher

Outspoken publisher Jin Zhong regards his mission with almost religious fervour.

'As a young man, I was very moved by the life of two people. One was an American missionary who lived all his adult life in a remote part of Yunnan province and wrote a history of the ancient Naxi people. He is still well remembered there today.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Proud or shamed: intellectuals react to Nobel win

Mainland intellectuals are torn between pride at Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize and shame that they did not do more themselves to advance the causes he champions.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Liu gets to grips with playing Mao

For mainland actors, few roles would be more daunting than that of Mao Zedong. Even Golden Horse Awards winner Liu Ye is flustered by the role.

Now shooting The Founding of a Republic, in which he plays the young Mao, Liu said he had to figure out how to deal with the stress of playing the historical personality.

18 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Perilous journey

Speculation is going into overdrive over who will form the elite of the Communist Party in the next two years, largely provoked by a party plenum due to take place in Beijing next month. Vice-president Xi Jinping is likely to be anointed a deputy chairman of the Central Military Commission. If that happens, he is almost certain to replace Hu Jintao as party secretary in 2012.

13 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Qu Leilei

BEFORE THE REVOLUTION Most of my generation lived through a similar experience to mine during the Cultural Revolution. Now, living in the West, I find people are fascinated by my past. Looking back I realise how much I learnt about life during that time. So, even if I received little formal education, I don't see it as a waste of time.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

How a veteran and his ill-equipped comrades 'moved the world'

For one Chinese veteran, the Korean war was a chance for his newborn country to move the world.

25 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Festival must-sees

Buried and Mouthpiece are obvious stand-outs at this year's festival, but there are other gems in the programme as well:

Private Detective

As the title suggests, the 47-minute piece examines a private eye roaming cities collecting proof of infidelity for his clients, with his work revealing the state of matrimony in China.

Farewell, Beijing

18 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Education chief helped son cheat in exam

A county education bureau chief in Hunan was found to have helped his son cheat on the national college entrance exam last week, according to state media.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

A history lesson that is on the right lines

Around the world, the teaching of history is a discipline potentially fraught with all sorts of political overtones. On the mainland, it may be one of the most censored and controlled academic subjects in schools and universities.

10 May 2010 - 12:00am

Quotes of the Week

They have something which most other developing countries would envy

World Health Organisation director general Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, praising North Korea's public health system during an official two-day visit, adding there are no obese people in the communist country

Don't worry. [The non-organic vegetables] are totally safe. They look greener, in fact

8 May 2010 - 12:00am