Red Guards

Red Guard Reunion

April Rabkin at Slate shares her experience of traveling to Yutian, east of Beijing, for the...

My Grandfather the Red Guard

Shawn Lei at Tea Leaf Nation shares his grandfather’s memories of the Cultural Revolution: There were carrots as well as sticks; those who joined the campaign could get gong fen, points which translated into food coupons....

Former Red Guard Atones For Past

A 61-year-old man from Shandong Province, Liu Boqin, paid a magazine to publish a letter expressing remorse over violent acts he committed during the Cultural Revolution as a teen.  According to Chang Meng of The Global Times,...

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan: “I Am Guilty”

In his first interview since receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in December, Mo Yan talks to Der Spiegel’s Bernhard Zand about his work, his political views, and his critics. SPIEGEL: Unspeakable things happen in...

Ping Fu Defends Memoir After Chinese Netizens Attack

Ping Fu, CEO of 3D software developer Geomagic and innovation adviser to President Obama, released her English-language memoir Bend, Not Break on December 31. The book traces her journey from oppressed youth during China’s...

Contemporary Chinese Art: Young and Restless

At The Economist’s Analects blog, Alec Ash discusses ON / OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice. The exhibition at Beijing’s Ullens Center includes the Foxconn-focused Consumption by Li Liao, who was...

Drawing the News: So Long, Sparta

The new Politburo Standing Committee has been elected, Xi Jinping has taken the helm–now all that remains of the 18th Party Congress are lingering inconveniences for Beijingers, and memories. Artist: unknown Source:...

Jeffrey Wasserstrom: Tiananmen at Twenty

From the Nation: In April and May of 1989, people around the world were inspired by the protests in Tiananmen Square, then horrified when the June 4 massacre turned Beijing streets into urban killing fields. China has changed...

Red Guards in the Arts – Tian Taiquan and Zhang Dazhong

Wudou (Ê≠¶Êñó), or Armed Struggle, was the most destructive episode of the Cultural Revolution. Hundreds of thousands young Red Guards and ordinary people died in factional armed struggles across the country. In Chongqing, there is a public cemetery devoted to more than four hundred Red Guards from one faction who died during violent events between […]



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