gang of four

Drawing the News: Chinese Dream, Chinese Nightmare

Last week, Luobowang (“Carrot Net”) invited readers to satirize a public service advertisement in the state-run Global Times [zh]: How did China get strong? Because of the Communist Party. 中国何以强?缘有共产党 The newspaper...

Self-Criticism For Sanlian -Sources

This ghostly cover drew a yellow card from the speech refs. Recently, the Central Publicity Department “yellow carded” Sanlian Lifeweek magazine (‰∏âËÅîÁîüÊ¥ªÂë®Âàä) for going too far with its October 30 cover story on the smashing of the Gang of Four, comrades in the magazine industry report. In the run-up to the sensitive anniversary, the propaganda-meisters […]

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 […]

Mao still powerful in modern China – Jill McGivering

From the BBC: The death of the last remaining member of the “Gang of Four“, Yao Wenyuan, ends one of the most troubled chapters in China’s modern history. But many in China, especially those are too young to remember it themselves, know very little about the persecution and bloodshed orchestrated by Mao Zedong’s Gang of […]

Jane Macartney: Gang of Four man dead, again

From Times Online: after three premature obituaries, Zhang’s death was as mysterious as his final hours. Xinhua gave no explanation for why it had waited since April 21 to make public Mr Zhang‘s death. It described him as a culprit in Mrs Jiang‘s counter-revolutionary clique and said he had been on medical parole since January […]

Francis Markus: China’s Gang of Four member dies

From BBC: China has announced the death of one of the members of the Gang of Four who led the Cultural Revolution that convulsed the country in the 1960s and 1970s. Zhang Chunqiao died of cancer last month at the age of 88. Zhang and three others, including Jiang Qing, the third wife of Communist […]

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