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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 Maoist Labor Camp Memoir: A Decade Spent between Life and Death

Another excerpt from my draft translation of Bloody Chronicles 血纪, Kong Lingping’s memoir of his twenty years as a political prisoner in Mao’s labor camps.  In this excerpt,  Kong Lingping recounts how he first got in touch with his mother for the … 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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Kong Lingping’s Rightist Memoir “Blood Chronicle” By Long-time Prisoner of Mao Zedong

These first pages of Kong Lingping’s memoir describe Chongqing University at the outset of Mao’s Hundred Flowers campaign that aimed to persuade people to speak out freely. Kong Lingping’s 孔令平memoir was published in CD in Hong Kong and as a … Continue reading

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英文翻译摘要:大跃进式发展为什么“要命”

Yao Liwen of People’s Daily and Liu Jianping of China Media University in the September 29 Nanfang Zhoumo have a hard-hitting article. My quick summary: Yao and Liu attribute the Zhejiang train disaster and other accidents and misfortunes associated with … Continue reading

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