Monthly Archives: April 2022

PRC Foreign Ministry Spokesman AI Software Emulator

A sense of humor can go a long way towards smoothing the contradictions that Chairman Mao noted are the driving force of History. While smoothing contradictions (as opposed to a Trotskyite accentuation of contradictions) may appear reactionary, it has some … Continue reading

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Lin Zhibo: The Russia-Ukraine Conflict and China’s Position

Professor Julian Ku of Hofstra University Law School mentioned this article on his Twitter account. A startling argument, I imagine by the same reasoning China should have surrendered to Japan when attacked in the 1930s and the Chinese people shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XXVI: Final Cultural Revolution Shockwaves

Kong Linping in his memoir tells the story of a murderous terraced paddy field and road construction project that killed many of the slave laborers in his labor camp. Chongqing author Kong Lingping’s rightist memoir describes twenty-two years in Chinese … Continue reading

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2022 Shanghai Lockdown Banned Protest Article: “The Patience of the People of Shanghai Has Reached its Limit”

[Radio France International’s Chinese language service discussed this and other reports on the fallout from the strict Shanghai covid closures in an April 17th article. Read it with Google Translate. ] Shanghai People’s Patience has Reached Its Limit Original 普通市民 … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XXV: Prisoners’ Samzidat Publication “The Torch”

From Kong Lingping’s rightist memoir of his twenty-two years in Chinese prison camps and subsequent political rehabilitation. In this chapter, prisoners circulate a handwritten samzidat publication within the camp, the camp authorities, aided by several informers investigate. A ringleader is … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XXIV: Two Deaths

Here is another excerpt from Kong Lingping’s memoir Bloody Chronicles 血纪 which I continue translating. I knew Kong Lingping while serving at the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu during 2007 – 2012. He used to call me up every so … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Maoist Labor Camp Memoir XXIII: A Decade Spent Between Life and Death

Old Photographs 【老照片】 is a very popular series of books published in China since the mid 1990s (now publishing volume No. 118!) filled with pictures and short accounts   of both family and public lived history from the late 19th century onwards … Continue reading

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COVID Joke Collections

In “ancient times” Chinese emperors would ask that the sayings of the people be collected by officials and reported to the central dynastic authorities so that they would better understand the feelings of the people. This tradition continues today in … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XXII: A Model Communist Murders His Wife

You can read the first thirty pages of my translation of Kong Lingping’s Blood Chronicle and links to previously posted installments of Kong’s memoir Blood Chronicles 血纪. Previous installment: Rightist Memoir XXI: The Privileged 8.3.3 The Model Communist Zhang Jianbo In 1969, a discipline and … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XXI: The Privileged

You can read the first thirty pages of my translation of Kong Lingping’s Blood Chronicle and links to previously posted installments of Kong’s memoir Blood Chronicles 血纪 Previous installment: Rightist Memoir XX: Lin Biao’s Flight and Aftermath from Kong Lingping’s “Bloody Chronicles” 8.3 Privileged … Continue reading

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