Marxist Theorists

Celebration that stopped the nation

China celebrated 60 years of communist rule yesterday with a spectacular parade and extravagant pageantry to display the country's growing military and economic might and national pride.

Friday, 2 October, 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

Next great leap forward must be liberty, justice

Sixty years may amount to a person's lifetime, but it is a short span for a nation, especially one as ancient as China. In evolutionary history, eons can be spent in stasis, punctuated by short periods of intense activity. So it has been with China with the past century witness to momentous events. In the last six decades, the nation has moved from isolation to global power status.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

China's 60 years of change

As I was growing up in the northeastern industrial city of Jilin , my family's most prized possession was a Butterfly sewing machine. We had to buy everything with coupons, and Spring Festival was the only time of the year when we could afford to have a feast of pork and fish.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

The darker side of the Chinese 'miracle'

'The Chinese people have stood up!' Whether or not Mao Zedong actually used this famous phrase in establishing the People's Republic 60 years ago, it has surely been vindicated. Today's celebrations reflect the nation's tremendous economic and social progress, especially during the past 30 years, and its increasing power and influence on the world scene.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Reaching the summit

October 1, 1949

Mao Zedong proclaims the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing after 22 years of civil war. The defeated government of the Republic of China - the Kuomintang (KMT) led by Chiang Kai-shek - retreats from Nanking (now known as Nanjing or 'southern capital'; Beijing means 'northern capital') to Taipei.


30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Star is also wedded to the nation in patriotic bliss at film premiere

There's nothing like a little patriotism to erase some bad publicity. Fresh from the recent drama over his undisclosed marriage, Andy Lau Tak-wah put on his best Mao suit for the gala premiere of The Founding of a Republic, the mainland movie (or propaganda depending on your view) that presents the founding of China 60 years ago.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Bus driver denies part in cyclist's death

4 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Pardoning criminals would boost China's image in 60th year

With barely two months to go, the mainland is in full swing to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic. Of all the elaborate preparations, the main feature will be a one-hour full-scale military parade scheduled for the morning of October 1, National Day - displaying the latest weaponry and billed as the biggest in the mainland's history.

3 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Che (Parts 1 & 2)

Che (Parts 1 & 2)

Benicio del Toro, Demian Bichir, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Director: Steven Soderbergh

12 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Dengist whateverism

There is much to fascinate the reader in Prisoner of the State, the memoir of former Chinese party leader Zhao Ziyang. Secretly recorded before his death in 2005, the tapes were painstakingly gathered together by his friends and have now been published with great fanfare in both Chinese and English.

24 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

His Illegal Self

His Illegal Self by Peter Carey Faber and Faber HK$104

14 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

A timeline of protest

China's journey to the point where it put a man in space and hosted the Olympic Games has been bumpy. Over the years there have been explosions of public frustration, though none have toppled a government. Here are some of them:


4 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Channel hop

The deadpan look is a favourite on the small screen this week. Politicians, actors playing politicians and actors playing forensic anthropologists are all sporting the look as if their careers depend on it.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Age of abominable abdominal showmen

Sex sells; a sexy president makes an even better selling point. This is why the US society and lifestyle magazine Washingtonian - with a circulation of 400,000 - puts a shirtless Barack Obama on its current cover. There is no doubt about it - the US president has the tautest abs of any world leader in recent memory. Arnold Schwarzenegger?

21 May 2009 - 12:00am