Tag Archives: Cultural Revolution

Father Murdered in Cultural Revolution, Liu He Now PRC Vice Premier

During my ten years in China, many people told me stories of barely imaginable cruelties that took place during the political campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s. I knew Environmentalist Tang Xiyang. Tang told me how his wife, a middle … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Rightist Memoir Excerpt: Sun Mingquan Avenges Himself

Another excerpt from Kong Lingping’s memoir Bloody Chronicles 血纪 which I continue translating. Thus far, I am two-thirds of the way through my translation of this 900-page book. I knew Kong Lingping while serving at the U.S. Consulate General in … Continue reading

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2009: Censored — Tang Xiyang’s A Green World Tour

It can be so very hard to imagine what it could have been like to live in a totalitarian state. While I worked in the S&T section at U.S. Embassy Beijing in China, I knew the Chinese environmentalist Tang Xiyang.   … Continue reading

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Hu Fuming Author of Mind-Opening Guangming Daily Commentary “Practice is the Sole Criterion for Testing Truth”

Nice interview with Hu Fuming, lead drafter of the historic 1978 Guangming Ribao commentary “Practice is the Sole Criterion for Testing Truth” pointing out Mao and Party aren’t necessarily always right. What an heretical thought! One could go to jail for … Continue reading

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My Student Reported on Me!

我被学生举报了! 原创: 凡人钒语 凡人钒语 [from qq public account  https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/Jv2haHKMbgxL81gRZhCtrQ  ]   A student reported me on Monday morning! We were discussing in class whether rich people or poor people made greater contributions to society.  One girl got very angry, and spoke up, … Continue reading

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Bloody Chronicles 血纪: Bloodbath in the Apple Orchard

[Chinese language text online in second half of 【禁书】《血纪》中集(42) To judge by its latitude, Yanyuan was in the tropics. It would have been a comfortable place to live if its high elevation had not given it a long spring, autumn sandstorms … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Kong Lingping’s Memoir Bloody Chronicles 血纪: Encounters with Educated Youth Sent Down to the Countryside

Chapter 5 We are Even Less Than You Are I don’t remember just when it started but sometime after the Lin Biao incident,  our group was sent every afternoon to dig potatoes in the big Sixth Brigade potato field on … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Maoist Labor Camp Memoir: What I Saw and Heard at the Photography Studio

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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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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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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