Marxist Theorists

The Man on Mao's Right

The Man on Mao's Right

by Ji Chaozhu

Random House, HK$224

Sunday, 28 September, 2008, 12:00am

Mother of the Bomb who recoiled at its power and rejoiced in Mao's China

The last time Joan Hinton came to Japan, she never visited the two cities that she indirectly helped to destroy. Sixty-three years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the former Manhattan Project physicist says what happened to the two cities was 'terrible'.

17 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing Olympics jumbo cleared for take off

Imagine that you felt you were in a closet most of your life, with the door only slightly ajar, a heavy big foot on the other side keeping it from swinging open and letting you escape to see what the rest of the world was like.

5 Aug 2008 - 12:00am



by Robert Service

Pan, HK$160

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Back to the future

In the 1960s, during the Cultural Revolution, there was a campaign to bring down the 'four olds' - old ideas, culture, customs and habits - and to establish the 'four news'. In the 1970s, another political campaign directly targeted Confucius.

7 May 2008 - 12:00am

Chinese socialism's long and crooked road

In the 1980s, when I was working as a journalist in Beijing, many intellectuals would discuss the state of the nation as it was then, having emerged from the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and embarked on economic development. This is something the country should have done from the beginning.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

His Illegal Self

His Illegal Self

by Peter Carey

Faber & Faber HK$220

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Image problems

China is something of a neophyte where public relations is concerned. It is trying to improve this; it has enlisted the help of lobbyists and is seeking to enhance its soft power by, for example, opening Confucius Institutes around the world to promote Chinese language and culture.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Panda diplomacy

China this week marks the beginning of a new year in its lunar cycle, the Year of the Rat. This is a very significant year, since it will see China host the summer Olympics, an event seen the world over as the coming-out party for a country that has been eclipsed for two centuries.

6 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Echoes of the past

Adam Williams is a hard man to pin down. When we first meet, at the launch party for his new novel The Dragon's Tail, he seems an affable, well-spoken and rather sedate English gentleman. It's an impression that fails to convey a life of globetrotting. Born in Hong Kong, Williams has lived in Taiwan, Japan, Oxford, London, Shanghai, Beijing and Italy.

30 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Mao's 'education through labour' system under fire

A group of renowned mainland academics have written to the National People's Congress and the State Council, calling for the abolition of the controversial 'education through labour' system because it is unconstitutional.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Do the right thing

The November 15 white paper on the mainland's political party system, which emphasises the role of the eight so-called 'democratic parties', comes at a historically appropriate time. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the anti-rightist movement, during which the leaders of these minor parties were denounced, persecuted and purged.

28 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

China's human rights are everyone's affair

Every once in a while Chinese officials - and some Chinese people - make statements that betray a deep- seated xenophobia, a fear or even hatred of foreigners. On one level, this is easily understandable. China was the victim of western - and Japanese - aggression for over a century, and the country was turned into a semi-colony and carved up like a watermelon into spheres of influence.

30 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Passing the baton

The biggest news out of the Communist Party's 17th National Congress was its hint about the new leadership lineup for 2012. Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang - party bosses in Shanghai and Liaoning , respectively - emerged as the nation's likely future president and premier. But that news was rather trivial compared to the underlying message.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The only choice?

President Hu Jintao emerged from the 17th congress in a stronger position than before, with a mandate for another five years as the party's general secretary and head of the military. His main rival for influence, 68-year-old Zeng Qinghong , stepped down, contrary to earlier reports that he would remain on the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee.

24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am