Marxist Theorists

Hu, Wen - and why?

Is there life after death? In China, there certainly is. In traditional China, the bodies of top officials were sometimes dug up and publicly flogged, which gave rise to the expression bian shi, or whipping the corpse.

Wednesday, 21 April, 2010, 12:00am

Examined Life

Examined Life Director: Astra Taylor

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

From Russia with love ... for the party

Lilia Yanark, 60, became the youngest member to join the Soviet Communist Party when her application was approved on her 18th birthday. A dedicated cadre in Moscow until just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yanark has since lived in London and New York, eventually becoming a successful international businesswoman.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

The new 'sick man'

It is well known that for 100 years after the Opium war, China was subject to the predations of the Western powers and Japan. Parts of China were partitioned into spheres of influence by various countries and the nation was derided as the 'sick man of Asia'.

14 Apr 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

The 'referendum' poll as a novel experiment

The recent resignations of five legislators from the Civic Party and the League of Social Democrats, and their plan to turn the by-elections into a referendum, have obviously touched on the sensitivities of mainland authorities.

23 Feb 2010 - 12:00am


Working hours legislation is long overdue

18 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Sandra Bullock was a darling of the recent Hollywood back-slapping parades. The 45- year-old bagged a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for her part in The Blind Side (above). Although born in the United States, Bullock spent the first 12 years of her life in the hometown of her German grandfather, a rocket scientist from Nuremberg ...

31 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Proposal to honour Mao on holiday

Hunan authorities have submitted a formal proposal to the National Tourism Administration to designate Mao Zedong's birthday as China Travel Day.

The proposal came after the State Council issued a paper last month to fast-track tourism development and requested the establishment of a new national holiday as China Travel Day. A consultation has begun to fix a date.

15 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing pulls Obama T-shirts from shelves

Forget bootleg DVDs and counterfeit watches, authorities in Beijing have identified an urgent target to clamp down on: T-shirts featuring US President Barack Obama dressed as a red guard.

The T-shirts, which had been a popular item in markets and souvenir stalls, have disappeared from the capital's streets just days ahead of the president's first visit to China.

10 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Follow the leader

Cheng Wenjun was exploring the backstreets of Kashgar in Xinjiang province in the summer of 1989 when he turned into the city square and found himself standing before a large statue of Mao Zedong. The encounter would change his life.

29 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Chinese people have made great strides in the past 60 years

The 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC was marked by huge celebrations on National Day.

I felt proud, not because of the scale of these celebrations, but because of what the country has achieved since 1949 in areas such as education, the economy and in society as a whole.

10 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Enigmatic as ever

From the founding of the People's Republic in 1949, Hong Kong has been known for its 'China-watchers', whether they be journalists, intelligence officers or, in recent years, investment bank analysts.

6 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Changes in portraits yield a telling story

Displaying and carrying huge portraits of the great and the noble has long been an integral tradition of the elaborate celebrations of National Day holidays in communist countries.

The mainland has been no exception, but changes in the faces on the portraits provide a telling story of ideological transformation over the past 60 years.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Jiang steals some of the limelight from Hu

It may have been billed as President Hu Jintao's parade, but predecessor Jiang Zemin's shadow loomed large at yesterday's show of national strength and party unity.

As hundreds of millions watched the military and civilian parades on television, Jiang, 83, basked in the limelight as he stood next to Hu on the Gate of Heavenly Peace.

2 Oct 2009 - 12:00am