With the 30th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 military crackdown on protesters approaching, many...
by Sophie Beach | Apr 3, 2011
The New York Times reports on the newly refurbished National Museum of China, centrally located in Tiananmen Square, and the selective history that is on display there: China spent more than a decade and nearly $400 million to...
by Xiao Qiang | Mar 27, 2008
Jeremiah Jenne writes on the China Beat blog: In the hours and days following the event, there were several cases of words and especially images misrepresenting what was going on in Tibet. While I don’t think it was necessarily...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 22, 2007
In the Wilson Quarterly, Ross Terrill writes about Mao’s legacy: In the early 1990s, a story circulated among Chinese taxi drivers about an eight-car traffic accident in Guangzhou that resulted in injuries to seven of the drivers involved; the eighth, unscathed, had a Mao portrait attached to his windshield as a talisman. The story fueled […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 7, 2006
September 9 will be the 30th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s death, and this year also marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Cultural Revolution. Both anniversaries have been written about prolifically in the western press. John Pomfret comments on the Cultural Revolution in today’s Washington Post, while Lindsay Beck of Reuters writes about […]
by Sophie Beach | May 22, 2006
From the Christian Science Monitor (link): For China, it’s Paul Revere’s ride and Washington crossing the Delaware in one. The Luding Bridge battle is the most famous moment in the Long March, itself the defining legend of modern China. The Red Army is hotly pursued in 1935. Soldiers hoof it 24/7 for 140 miles. They […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 20, 2006
The following essay by Geremie R. Barm√© originally appeared in the Review weekly supplement, The Australian Financial Review, 31st March 2006. Published without notes under the title “Historical Distortions”. Thanks to Mr. Barm√© for allowing CDT to reprint it here. A Year of Some Significance By Geremie R. Barm√© History matters. It matters in Australia […]
by Sophie Beach | Jun 24, 2005
From the Guardian: At a recent lecture at a Beijing university, students politely lambasted this correspondent – and by association all other foreign journalists – for painting too negative a picture of China. “Why,” asked one questioner, “do you keep writing about the Tiananmen Square incident and the Cultural Revolution? The past is the past. […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 28, 2005
In today's New York Times, lawyer Pu Zhiqiang writes: We Chinese are outraged by Japan's World War II crimes - the forcing of Chinese into sexual slavery as "comfort women," the 1937 massacre of unarmed civilians in Nanking, and...
by Sophie Beach | Apr 23, 2005
From the BBC: The past month has seen an eruption of anti-Japanese protests in several Chinese cities. The protesters were angry at Japan’s approval of a nationalist textbook which they accuse of glossing over atrocities during the years when Japan occupied China. However Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says the Chinese also have a habit of forgetting awkward […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 15, 2005
From the Standard: If China wants to stand on the high moral ground when dealing with the distortions of history it surely cannot do so on the basis of its record – a record which demonstrates it cannot even come to terms with the enormity of the disasters that characterized the Mao Zedong era. History […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 12, 2005
ESWN has translated excerpts of an essay by writer Liu Xiaobo titled, “The Chinese Communists and the Japanese Rightists: Neither Will Apologize.” The original Chinese version is here. From the translation: Why are the many Chinese historians who are angrily challenging and criticizing the new Japanese history school books not also angrily challenging and openly […]
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