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Environmental Activist Wu Dengming Dies

Founder of the Chongqing Green Volunteer League, Wu Dengming, who in his retirement organized no car days, tracked down pollution offenders, and risked his safety to film illegal logging in Sichuan forests, died at 73, according...

Chinese Painter Zao Wou-ki Dies at 93

Zao Wou-ki (Zhao Wuji 赵无极), the Chinese-French abstract painter once lauded as the highest-selling living Chinese artist, died on Tuesday at the age of 93. Reuters reports: Abstract master Zao Wou-ki, one of China’s most...

‘Hi! I’m Fang!’ The Man Who Changed China

At The New York Review of Books, Perry Link shares eight favorite memories of “astrophysicist, activist, and dissident” Fang Lizhi, who died on April 6th last year. In May, 1989, while student demonstrators were in...

The Death of a News Censor

David Bandurski rounds up journalists’ tributes to Southern Weekly’s former “news examiner” Zeng Li, whose blogging played an important role in January’s uproar over heavy-handed censorship by...

Scholar and Chinapol Founder Dies at 72

Richard Baum, longtime China watcher, former director of UCLA’s U.S.-China Center and founder of the Chinapol listserv, died on December 14 at age 72. An obituary in the LA Times explains his life’s work and the path...

Successor Who Held True to Mao

Hua Guofeng, who succeeded Mao as leader of China in 1976 and was later replaced by Deng Xiaoping, died this week at the age of 87. Mure Dickie reports in the Financial Times: Nothing sums up better the slavish sycophancy that...

Hua Guofeng, Mao’s Successor, Dies at 87

The AP reports that Hua Guofeng passed away on Wednesday at age 87: Hua Guofeng, who briefly ruled China as communist founder Mao Zedong’s successor but was pushed aside as a prelude to reforms that launched an economic...

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