Monthly Archives: March 2017

Qing General Zeng Guofan on Precursors to Social Chaos

Golly I hope he wasn’t talking about the USA these days! I assume he must have had the Taiping Rebellion in mind.   The famed Qing statesman, scholar and general Zeng Guofan  曾国藩 (died 1871) talking about the three necessary … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles: The Meetings to “Intimidate the Many by Killing a Few” “杀一小批”宣判大会

Another except from my draft translation of Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles (2) Killing Jiang Zhenjun and Liu Zhihe The Yanyuan Farm, like other jails and reform through labor brigades throughout the country, held a series of many “kill a small … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Mao’s Former Number Two Man Lin Biao

Today I happened across some intriguing quotations from Chairman Mao’s former second in command and close comrade in arms Lin Biao on Wikiquote. Lin Biao was accused of betraying Mao and died in a mysterious plane crash in Öndörkhaan, Mongolia … Continue reading

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“The Execution of Chen Li” from Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles

  Excerpt from my draft translation from Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicle. I knew Kong Lingping when I worked in Chengdu. The story of the political prisoner Chen Li who was executed at the beginning of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  I am … Continue reading

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