Category Archives: Cultural Revolution

Reflections by Chinese writers on the Cultural Revolution

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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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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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 XX: Lin Biao’s Flight and Aftermath from Kong Lingping’s “Bloody Chronicles”

You can read the first thirty pages of my translation of Blood Chronicle and links to previous posted installments of Kong’s memoir Blood Chronicles 血纪 Previous installment: Rightist Memoir XIX: “The Execution of Chen Li” from Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles 8.3.3   The Shock … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XIX: “The Execution of Chen Li” from Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles

Excerpt from my translation from Kong Lingping’s Blood 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 one third … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XVIII: Purgatory in Heavy Chains

From Kong Lingping’s memoir. For a list of earlier installments see Kong Lingping’s Rightist Memoir I: “Blood Chronicle” By Long-time Prisoner of Mao Zedong I knew Kong Lingping when I worked in Chengdu at the US Consulate General 2007 – 2012. The … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XVII : Military Control Brings Beatings

From Kong Lingping’s memoir. For earlier installments see list at Kong Lingping’s Rightist Memoir I: “Blood Chronicle” By Long-time Prisoner of Mao Zedong Previous installment: Rightist Memoir XVI: Struggle Sessions, Revolutionary Committee and Red Guard Battles Chapter 5  Military Control Brings a … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XVI: Struggle Sessions, Revolutionary Committee and Red Guard Battles

Previous installment: Rightist Memoir XV: The Cultural “Revolution” Comes to Yanyuan Section 4. Pan Chaoyuan’s Struggle Session Of course the Sixth Brigade didn’t stop having struggle sessions because of my hunger strike. The struggle sessions were moved from the temporary storehouse … Continue reading

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