Mao Zedong

One family, three different perspectives

Huo Yuling, 68, still remembers in vivid detail his first National Day parade 59 years ago, when his mother woke him at 4am to join the grand march celebrating the first anniversary of the founding of the new republic.

Friday, 2 October, 2009, 12:00am

Hu tracks tradition in Red Flag limo and Mao suit

President Hu Jintao put on a 'Mao suit' for his inspection of China's military forces yesterday, tracking a National Day tradition handed down from late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping .

Both Deng and Hu's predecessor, Jiang Zemin, also wore grey Mao suits in the military inspections in 1984 and 1999 respectively.

2 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Character building

Even without a mole on his chin, Gu Xiaoyue bears an uncanny resemblance to Mao Zedong. So when he walks into a mall in Tseung Kwan O with his hair combed back and dressed in a charcoal-grey Mao suit, Gu is soon mobbed by the lunchtime crowds. Many can't help marvelling at the 'historical' figure in their midst and seize the chance to take photos.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Old hand offers perfect souvenir thanks to poster boy Mao

He might be Singaporean by birth but broadcasting old hand Robert Chua Wah-peng is making this China National Day a special one.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

In times of political turmoil, children find inner strength

Revolution is not a Dinner Party By Ying Chang Compestine Published by Walker Books ISBN 978 1 4063 1585 1

Nine-year-old Ling Chang lives in a city medical complex with her doctor parents in Wuhan . It's 1972, and China's Cultural Revolution is poised to change young Ling's life beyond all recognition.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

US outcast who founded missile programme

Qian Xuesen, also known as Tsien Hsue-shen, was one of the United States' top missile scientists before he became the subject of a five-year witch-hunt that ended with him being deported to the mainland. The system which Qian, now 98, helped put together after his return has since nurtured a nuclear power and space programme that has sent astronauts into the heavens and a probe to the moon.

26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Great leap forward ordered in quality of Mao souvenirs

Mao Zedong may be the most famous face in the mainland, but the makers of souvenirs that bear his image have been struggling to get it right.

In the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, officials in his home province of Hunan have announced a campaign to improve the standard of Chairman Mao souvenirs.

12 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Tribute to a passionate revolutionary

Hailing from the southwestern province of Yunnan , farmer Pan Tinghong has made a name for himself by spending more than 10 million yuan (HK$11.36 million) on a collection of 450,000 items related to Mao Zedong memorabilia.

3 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Make it real

Twenty years ago, the Communist Party called out the People's Liberation Army to suppress a people's movement whose focus was Tiananmen Square in Beijing but whose scope was nationwide. The result was what is known today as the June 4 massacre.

4 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Row over German safe-sex ad has Mao-lovers wriggling

What do Mao Zedong , Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden have in common? Besides being mass murderers, all three have been featured as human spermatozoa in a German advertisement for condoms and safe sex.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Writer drops bombshell with tales of treachery

Prominent writer Zhang Yihe has dropped a bombshell in intellectual circles, with her writing revealing how some of the mainland's most celebrated literati betrayed and snitched on their fellow writers during the era of Mao Zedong .

23 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Summits by David Reynolds Penguin, HK$130

12 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Ah Pak

Getting to the bottom of upward mobility

Forget the goldilocks economy (not too hot, not too cold, but just right) - China should adopt a 'toilet' economy when it comes to the provision of public housing, suggests controversial economist Mao Yuxuan.

25 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


Singapore is far better than Hong Kong in every way

I refer to the article 'Singapore beats HK in survey of Asian expats', March 12.

That 'Singapore appears to have finally achieved its dream of being better than Hong Kong' was a highly laughable comment. Singapore has achieved the same status at the top for the past 10 years.

22 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Mao makes a comeback in little red book shop

For an illustration of the rise of communist nostalgia in today's China, you need only cast your eyes at the growing popularity of a small and seemingly innocuous book shop in Beijing's university district.

17 Mar 2009 - 12:00am