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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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Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong: The Medium is the Message

Canadian communications theorist Marshall McLuhan‘s famous quote “the medium is the message” draws attention to how the way we say things can be as important or more important that what we say. Others have before McLuhan have said something similar. … 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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DPRK, USSR and China: Historians Shen Zhihua and Li Danhui at Wilson Center Book Launch

Today at the Wilson Center, Prof. Shen Zhihua spoke at the public launch of the 2018 English language version of his new book (with Prof. Yafeng Xia) on PRC – DPRK relations A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, and … Continue reading

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Declassified Chinese Diplomatic Documents from the 1950s and 1960s in the Wilson Center Digital Archive

Lately I have been translating some declassified Chinese diplomatic archives for the Wilson Center Digital Archive. I have done twenty so far.   https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/search-results/1/%7B%22search-in%22%3A%22all%22%2C%22term%22%3A%22cowhig%22%7D?recordType=Record   A few are particularly memorable. I enjoyed translating Ziguang Hall literally rather than just using … 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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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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2012: PRC Anthropologist Wu Fei on Suicide and Chinese Search for the Good Life

Cultural Anthropologist Wu Fei on Suicide — Chinese Need to Find a Way to Live the Good Life, Chinese Style 吴飞:自杀与中国式美好生活 2010年06月25日  南方人物周刊 [Wu Fei was one of the co-authors of the 2011 book Deep China: The Moral Life of the … Continue reading

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2006: Visiting Mao’s Hometown

There are many webpages devoted to Mao Zedong. One of the most interesting is the online Mao Zedong Exhibition  毛泽东博览    The Mao Museum offers Chairman Mao’s works,  photographs,  paintings of Mao Zedong, his poems,  and music celebrating him.  Just sit … Continue reading

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