Category Archives: Literature 文学

Excerpt from Ye Fu’s “Requiem for a Landlord” — A Son Parades His Landlord Father Through the Streets

Numbers, even vast numbers just are numbers. Stories make them real.  Like the numbingly incomprehensive numbers of people killed in the Holocaust and then specifics about individual people that we can see in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir “Blood Chronicles” : Cultural Revolution’s End

This chapter treats some of the Cultural Revolution years (mid 60s to mid 70s) at the Yanyuan reform through labor prison farm for political prisoners. Chongqing author Kong Lingping’s rightist memoir describes twenty-two years in Chinese prison camps and subsequent … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Rightist Memoir “Blood Chronicles”: What Befell the Betrayers of Labor Camp Samzidat Publication “The Torch”

This passage in Kong Lingping’s rightist memoir of his twenty-two years in Chinese prison camps and subsequent political rehabilitation describes what befell the betrayers of the concentration camp anti-communist self-published magazine The Torch. Their betrayal led to the execution of … Continue reading

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Mid Autumn Festival: Song Dynasty Poet Li Qingzhao’s Poem

A Cutting of Plum Blossoms By the Southern Song poet Li Qingzhao李清照 Red lotus wafted fragrance on my fine grass matIn my light silk robe I watch the boats, aloneWho will carry that letter to me amongst the clouds?The geese … Continue reading

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Liao Yiwu: Reading Notes in the Time of the Virus

Sichuan exile writer Liao Yiwu‘s September 2020 reading notes on five Chinese language books, including translations, one from English and the other from Japanese, published in China Mainland and Taiwan. These notes appeared on bannedbook.org. Liao Yiwu: Reading Notes in … Continue reading

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Liao Yiwu on Li Bifeng: He Fought for the Freedom of Others

Liao Yiwu on Li Bifeng: He Fought for the Freedom of Others [Note: Li Bifeng was released from prison and now lives in Mianyang, Sichuan Province. Li Bifeng’s story is the chapter entitled “The Poet” in Liao Yiwu’s book Bullets … Continue reading

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Plagues Then and Now: That Song Dynasty Plague Sounds Familiar!

Does History Repeat itself? Maybe we can learn from past epidemics. Or maybe we can’t depending on how foolish we are. Thinking in broad terms — in the old days people thought demons played a big part in plague, today … Continue reading

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China Responds to Historical New Opportunities for Development

Summary: China’s rise, China’s cultural renaissance, China regaining its rightful place of dignity in the world, as a contributor to the progress of humanity. Article by Ji Xiusheng and Zhang Yiwen of Huaqiao University (Xiamen) published in China Social Science … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Rightist Memoir Bloody Chronicles: Prisoners Write and Circulate a 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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Wuhan Writer Fang Fang: “Disdainfully Facing Down a Finger-Pointing Epidemic” — The Ultra-Left is a Virus

“Disdainfully Facing Down a Finger-Pointing Epidemic”: The Ultra-Left is a Virus (Central News Agency, Taipei, March 25th) As Wuhan prepares to end the closure of the city, author Fang Fang, known as the “Conscience of Wuhan” ended the diary she … Continue reading

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