Marxist Theorists

Media scrutiny intensifies in key year

Beijing concerned how Mao Zedong, Long March anniversaries get handled

Friday, 14 July, 2006, 12:00am

Trouble in paradise

There is certainly something comforting about going on holiday with an unusually accident-prone friend. Far from delighting in the endless misfortunes they experience, you merely find yourself relishing the good fortune of escaping the same fate.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

No room to be choosy when your rent is subsidised

Public housing tenants' groups argue that the poor should not be deprived of the chance to live in a pleasant environment ('Guidelines for picking housing estate sites on the way', May 22). If someone subsidised most of my rent or mortgage, I would not feel, as they do, that I had the right to demand to live in urban areas or have sea views.

24 May 2006 - 12:00am

Looking beyond Mao's legacy

Twenty-five years ago, the Communist Party of China issued a resolution on its history in which the Cultural Revolution was deemed 'responsible for the most severe setback and heaviest losses suffered by the party, the state and the people since the founding of the People's Republic'.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Much still to learn from the mistakes of the past

Social science professor Ding Xueliang has never watched a television reality show but he learned what it takes to be a survivor 40 years ago.

'I guess going through the Cultural Revolution was like experiencing [a reality show],' he said. 'It was survival ... and you needed to fight under extreme conditions.'

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Honest look at the past is key to the future

Remembering the past is a political exercise on the mainland, where the Communist Party continues to censor all attempts at interpreting history. Beijing's official silence on the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution is worrying enough. It is all the more ominous because unofficial efforts to mark this dark moment in Chinese history are being suppressed.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Destructive spirit lives on

'I've resigned,' said the foreign manager of a joint venture in China. 'I am tired of the back-stabbing. Working with local Chinese just means breaking up fights among each other and then they attack me. It is not about work or improving service. It becomes a personal attack against everybody. I cannot stand such a negative environment.'

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

A political fire that scorched a nation

Pointing at a massive building in the heart of the capital's Peking University complex, Lou Yulie shows where, in the words of late chairman Mao Zedong , 'a single spark started a prairie fire' that would burn for a decade.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

Talk about hypocrisy

Two years ago, Beijing reneged on promises made to Hong Kong about the development of democracy in the city. At the time, then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa made public nine conditions imposed by the central government that had to be met before the city was ready for universal suffrage.

2 May 2006 - 12:00am

Leftists escalate row over reforms, airing views online

Retired officials try to counter beliefs of 'rightist liberal elites'

Despite attempts by the authorities to play down disagreements, the intense debate over China's reform process has escalated, with leftists opposed to the mainland's transition towards a market economy airing their views online.

13 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Everyone can be a hero by helping others

There are different kinds of heroes. Some save thousands of lives, while others help one person.

Their actions are based on love. They provide inspiration and hope. They make a difference in others' lives.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am


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15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Ocean Park still tops

As a former long-time resident of Hong Kong, I read with dismay about the reduced number of visitors at Ocean Park on the day of Disneyland's debut ('Ocean Park to spread its net as the competition hots up', September 14).

18 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

slice of life

Excerpts from the South China Morning Post this week in 1967

A businessman called for the setting up of a public fund to allocate reward money for information leading to the arrest of those who caused the death or injury of Hong Kong people.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Root of the problem

It is quite popular for westerners to write books bashing Mao Zedong, saying he caused China's problems; it's a simple way to explain tragedies such as the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am