Mao Zedong

Symbolic gesturing

According to some, placing a pair of cry- stal ducks in the southwest (romance) corner of a property will guarantee a suitable partner within a matter of weeks or placing a frog with a coin protruding from its mouth at your front door will ensure a sudden and marked i

Sunday, 18 April, 2010, 12:00am

Sorry state of affairs

Britain's prime minister, Gordon Brown, has apologised for his nation's role in sending more than 150,000 children to former colonies such as Australia, a policy that resulted in the separation of families and abuse of children, who suffered emotionally all their lives.

10 Mar 2010 - 12:00am


Education can help to reduce drug-driving

Many innocent people have died in Hong Kong because of drink-driving.

It has caused so much alarm that measures have been introduced to curb drivers who get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. We now have random breath testing and labels on some bottles of alcohol warning drivers not to drink.

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

If it's Chairman Mao's pork, it must be a Ningxiang pig

Being able to recite the thoughts of Mao Zedong has long ceased to be a priority for mainland youth, but everyone knows the late chairman loved to eat braised pork. Officials in his home province, Hunan , now want to standardise the way Chairman Mao's pork and other regional classics are cooked.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

The Founding of a Republic (DVD)

It has been said The Founding of a Republic will only appeal to people born after the 1980s who are keen on Chinese history, elderly citizens who lived through the cultural revolution, or fans of local and mainland stars.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Long-distance call

The Cultural Revolution scarred many people emotionally and, often, physically - but for United States-based Yin Mei, the ugly reality of her childhood nurtured some of the most beautiful dreams, which eventually transformed her from a fighter into a dancer.

20 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Through the past, darkly

The past came to Wang Gang like snowflakes. It was 1999 and three years since he had started, but not finished, writing English, the book that was to become his best-selling coming-of-age tale.

22 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Sex with five or six women 'all part of fate-changing ritual'

A truck driver who a young model alleged duped her into having sex as part of a Taoist Mao Shan ritual told the court yesterday that he had sex with five or six women as part of rituals to 'change their fate' over a 10-year period.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Teachers shine welcome light onto textbook lies

Students around the world are taught that Thomas Edison, the 19th-century American scientist and businessman, invented the phonograph, the electric light bulb and the motion picture camera, among other marvels.

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Father of space technology helped guide atomic weapons programme

Scientist Qian Xuesen, known as China's father of space technology, died in Beijing yesterday, aged 98.

Qian, a native of Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, was widely known for his contributions to China's 'two bombs and one satellite mission' in the 1960s. The effort developed atomic and hydrogen bombs and a satellite.

1 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Model tells court of sex 'ritual' with truck driver

A young model who was allegedly duped into having sex with a truck driver, as part of a supposed ritual to change her career luck, did not use a contraceptive because she believed that he had the power to keep her from getting pregnant.

29 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Karaoke club fined for posters of Mao holding microphone

Mao Zedong loved to dance, and he might have liked singing, too. But depicting the former leader with microphone in hand put one Zhejiang karaoke club in strife.

23 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Blink and you'll miss the stars

It has been said The Founding of a Republic will only appeal to people born after the 1980s who are keen on Chinese history, elderly citizens who lived through the cultural revolution or fans of local and mainland stars.

If this is true, all viewers will be disappointed.

18 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Fat cat Garfield trounces Chairman Mao at the box office

The central government won't be very happy about this. Patriotism, at least in local cinemas, doesn't seem to be as strong as our leaders probably hope.

8 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Lion's Head, Four Happiness

Lion's Head, Four Happiness by Xiaomei Martell Vintage Books HK$128

4 Oct 2009 - 12:00am