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Pinocchio with Chinese Characteristics

In this week’s Drawing the News, online cartoonists ring the alarm bell on new Internet regulations, corrupt officials go fishing, and marionettes take on Chinese characteristics. New Internet regulations, announced by state...

Li Chengpeng: Speak

Author and blogger Li Chengpeng, who has 6.4 million followers on Sina Weibo, delivered a powerful speech to students at Beijing University on freedom of speech. Translated by Liz Carter at A Big Enough Forest: Having lost the...

A “Tombstone” for 36 Million

Journalist Yang Jisheng, deputy editor of the historical journal “Yanhuang Chunqiu,” has spent ten years researching the famine in China from 1958-62, which killed his father and 36 million others. The tragedy cannot...

Tombstone, the 1959-1961 Famine in China

In the Wall Street Journal, Michael Fathers writes a book review for Yang Jisheng’s “Tombstone”, a detailed account revealing long-concealed facts of the Great Famine during 1959-1961 under Mao’s reign:...

A Great Leap Into the Abyss

The disastrous famine that hit China during the Great Leap Forward is still being covered up by the authorities, according to the University of Hong Kong’s Zhou Xun, who rattles the skeleton in the state archives with her...

The Great Leap From Myth to History

In an article for Asia Times Online posted earlier this month, Peter Lee examines the cooling prohibition on discussion of the disastrous effects of the Great Leap Forward. The collection of hastily enacted policies resulted in...

Documenting China’s Lost History of Famine

The famine that resulted at least partially from Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward movement killed tens of millions of people, yet there has never been a full accounting of the tragedy and it is not openly discussed in...

Finding the Facts About Mao’s Victims

On the New York Review of Books blog, Ian Johnson interviews Yang Jisheng, whose book Tombstone has been called the most thorough accounting yet of the “Great Famine” from 1958-1961: Ian Johnson: I wondered when...

James Seymour: Ghost Song

In the Hong Kong Economic Journal, China scholar James Seymour reviews Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 and compares it to “Tombstone,” by Chinese scholar Yang...

Frank Dikötter: Mao’s Great Leap to Famine

In the New York Times, Frank Dikötter, author of Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 writes: From 2005 to 2009, I examined hundreds of documents all over China,...

Feast and Famine

On his blog, Evan Osnos looks at two recent books about China which may not appear to be related but he finds the link: As historians have only begun to detail, Mao Zedong’s economic policies from 1958 to 1962 subjected his...

Mao’s Great Famine by Frank Dikötter

The Guardian reviews Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 by Frank Dikötter: The book’s title is somewhat misleading. Horrific as it was, with its cannibalism and...

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