Category Archives: History 历史

Huang Wenzhi: How the Anhui “Water Spirit Hairy Man” Rumor Become an Ideology and Local Government Response

The February 2016 issue of the Chinese journal Communist Party Historical Research and Education  《党史研究与教学》 tells the story, based on research in local government archives,  of a scary rumor from the early days of the PRC.  Widespread rumors of hairy monsters … Continue reading

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2016: Red Flag and Preparing the Ideological Ground for the Cultural Revolution

The Cultural Revolution can be thought of as Mao’s revolt against the Communist Party apparatus after Mao himself was marginalized after the famine and other disasters that followed the Great Leap Forward campaign that he initiated in the late 1950s.  … Continue reading

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2014: “The Qing Dynasty was not a Chinese Dynasty”

When the PRC was founded in 1949, it called itself New China — as in the name of  the Xinhua press agency, the New China Press Agency.    A intriguing 2013 blog posting argued that “The Qing Dynasty was not … Continue reading

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Sichuan Food and Hunan Food

Ran Yunfei in his 2009 book  Wu Yu: A Life in the Republican Era 1911 – 1949  吴虞和他生活的民国时代   examined the many diaries of Prof. Wu Yu of Sichuan University (known in the May 4th era as a critic of Confucius), mining … Continue reading

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The Cultural Revolution and the Need for Repentance

I found Deng Yuwen‘s   邓聿文 2013 article on “Why Do Chinese People Feel Regrets About Their Behavior During the Cultural Revolution”  moving.  China media controls, the rationale for them —  the reluctance of leaders to go beyond scapegoating a few individuals … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s Lee Teng-hui as Former Communist in 1996 Taiwan Presidential Campaign Leaflet and Novel

This sheet (what we would call opposition research!)  was circulated by Lee Teng-hui’s opposition during the Taiwan presidential campaign of 1996. The sheet accused Lee Teng-hui of having been a member of Taiwan’s underground communist party in the late 1940s … Continue reading

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Atom Bomb Scientist Deng Jiaxian, China’s Oppenheimer

A bust of nuclear bomb scientist and important weapons program leader, and Purdue engineering PhD Deng Jiaxian 邓稼先 in Mianyang’s People’s Park. Deng Jiaxian received his PhD in Physics at Purdue University in 1950. Only shortly before his death was his … Continue reading

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