Yanhuang Chunqiu 炎黄春秋老被删除的网站移民(移站?)到美国去了

The Party does frustrate both historians and armchair historians by deleting great stuff from websites such as that of the fine historical journal Yanhuang Chunqiu.

Yanhuang Chunqiu is up now at   http://www.yhcqw.com/   Sad to say, some of the most interesting articles on modern Chinese history have been deleted.

If only Francois Villon had had the Internet 500 years ago, he might have asked the question that devastates historians and amateurs alike — “Oh but where are the web postings of yesteryear?”  instead of  what he did say — “where are the snows of yesteryear?” (Mais où sont les neiges d’antan!   (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballade_des_dames_du_temps_jadis )

Fortunately, if Francois were with us today he would have help.

Sadly for the Party’s noble efforts to protect clean livin’ and clean thinkin’ in China, I got this response: “http://www.yhcqw.com/  Saved 437 times between July 23, 2008 and March 15, 2015. ” with links to copies of earlier versions of the website.

Yanhuang Chunqiu turns out not to be the best example.  Many of the article pages are not available although discussions are.  This may be because, as the Internet Archive Frequently Asked Questions file explains, some websites use javascripting to contact the original website to get a complete URL.

See for yourself at http://web.archive.org/web/20150101000000*/http://www.yhcqw.com/

Internet Archive record of dates Yanhuang Chunqiu website was archived

The Internet Archive since 2008 has taken periodic scans of the Yanhuang Chunqiu website so some disappeared articles may still live on the Internet Archive.  Not all by any means since an article may have been posted and censored between scans.  But worth checking.
I don’t know how many Chinese mainland websites are archived.
You can help by suggesting on an Internet Archive page websites that may one day run afoul of the censors.  So if you have a favorite endangered website, put in the URL at https://archive.org/web/

Here is what the Wikipedia has to say about Yanhuang Chunqiu:

Yanhuang Chunqiu (Chinese: 炎黄春秋; pinyin: Yánhuáng Chūnqiū), sometimes translated as China Through the Ages, is a liberal[1] reformist monthly journal in the People’s Republic of China, created in 1991. Its foundation was largely due to the effort of General Xiao Ke.[2] The current publisher is Du Daozheng (杜导正).

Yanhuang Chunqiu is the liberal counterpart of the conservative website Wuyouzhixiang (Utopia)[3] and the nationalist newspaper Global Times.

In July 2010, Yanhuang Chunqiu published a memoir by retired Politburo member Yang Rudai praising Zhao Ziyang. It marked a rare break of the long-standing taboo in China against mentioning the former leader since he was ousted after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.[4] In January 2013, Yanhuang Chunqiu ’​s website was temporarily shutdown by the Chinese government after it published an editorial urging the implementation of constitutional rights.[5]


About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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