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Jonathan Spence: As Luck Would Have It

Kate Whitehead at South China Morning Post gives a detailed profile of Jonathan Spence, the prominent China scholar and Yale history professor: The way Spence tells his life story, luck played a big role in his success, too....

Waiting for Wikileaks: Beijing’s Seven Secrets

For his blog on the New York Review of Books site, Perry Link writes about a recent high-level meeting convened by President Hu Jintao in July to discuss ways to prevent leaks of CCP archives: The report says that two worries...

Year of uneasy anniversaries ahead for China – Reuters

From Reuters, via The Australian: China’s Communist Party vigilantly guards its history, but this year the country must navigate a cascade of traumatic anniversaries of Mao Zedong’s rule that may provoke debate over its censored past. Forty years ago, in May 1966, Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, the tumultuous mass campaign that spiralled into a […]

China publishes historical materials on Nanjing Massacre – People’s Daily

From People’s Daily: China has published a series of historical documents on the notorious Nanjing Massacre in a bid to reflect history truthfully, objectively and comprehensively. The series contains 28 volumes, with the first eight issued in July this year and the remainder issued Tuesday in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province… “The series […]

More than 80 percent of archives in China show official documents to public – Xinhua

From Xinhua: Nearly 2,500 Chinese archives at and above the county level, or 80 percent of China’s total, have opened once confidential government “red-title” documents for public reference, sources at a national archives directors’ meeting said here Wednesday. China’s official documents, usually with the title printed in red, were once restricted only to government officials […]

Shannxi opens archives about Cultural Revolution – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via People’s Daily: Shannxi Provincial Achives in northwest China opened secret files, including those about the 1966 to 1976 Cultural Revolution, for public reference Saturday. The 58,497-volume files covers archives of 58 institutions, such as those of the provincial revolutionary commission on personnel matters and institutional setup during the 1966 to 1976 Cultural […]

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