Among the “eight banned books” that are being talked about inside and outside of China, I found one that I like — <The Other Stories of History: My Days at the Supplement Division of the People’s Daily> by Yuan Ying.
Mr. Yuan Ying is a veteran Communist Party news worker. During the Kuomintang rule, he ran an underground Communist Party newspaper (his colleagues included Wang Yuanhua and Qiao Shi). What was wrong with his writing such that he received the same type of treatment as his United Evening news which was persecuted and shut down by the Kuomintang?
I take no interest in conspiracy theories. I don’t want to look for any hints or clues among the events reported in <The Other Stories of History>. In the end, I cannot believe that there could be any state secrets worth leaking in the journalism field that Mr. Yuan Ying worked all his life. <The Other Stories of History> contained a few dozen memorial articles about betrayals that occurred over half a century as observed through the special window of People’s Daily. This was the past that we went through together. Under Mr. Yuan Ying’s pen, the past characters and their stories had flesh and blood, and he took us back to the truthful and honest historical reality from a current world in which history is being deliberately forgotten or distorted. [Full Text]