China is set to investigate school textbooks after illustrations deemed to be sexually suggestive or politically inappropriate caused an uproar on social media. On Monday, the Chinese Ministry of Education ordered a nationwide...
Apr 8, 2021
In the wake of China’s annual “Two Sessions” meetings in Beijing, the Ministry of Education has announced a slew of new regulations aimed at protecting children’s physical, mental, and political health....
Feb 8, 2019
Xi Jinping has long put focus on ideological work in China’s universities and colleges,...
Sep 1, 2017
A group of top Chinese universities have established departments to oversee the “ideological...
Nov 24, 2015
The Washington Post’s Emily Rauhala reports on Chen Qiuyan (aka Qiu Bai), a 20-year-old...
Feb 27, 2015
As of February 27, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for...
Feb 2, 2015
Donald Clarke translates three questions from Shen Kui, former vice dean of Peking University Law...
Sep 5, 2013
At Tea Leaf Nation, Liz Carter notes that, much to the chagrin of many netizens, an essay by...
Mar 16, 2008
From The Yomiuri Shimbun: Eight geography books seized at Shanghai customs that had been destined for a school for Japanese children residing in China have been sent back to Japan probably because they depicted the disputed...
Oct 27, 2007
From Economist: “Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated.” Such, wrote Mao Zedong, is history. Such, too, was history teaching. In the 1970s it was not uncommon for a teacher to begin a lesson by telling students to take a ruler, turn to a page of their textbook, lay the ruler along the side […]
Sep 22, 2007
From openDemocracy: The seventeenth congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) opens on 15 October 2007. Ahead of this major, five-day event, and in line with China’s media regulations, strict controls are already in place to limit the number of “negative” stories in the news. Under orders from the party’s central propaganda department, chief editors […]
Aug 31, 2006
From the International Herald Tribune: When high school students in Shanghai crack their history textbooks this fall, they may be in for a surprise. The new standard world history text drops wars, dynasties and Communist revolutions in favor of colorful tutorials on economics, technology, social customs and globalization. Socialism has been reduced to a single, […]
Feb 7, 2006
From The Japan Times Online: At a time when Beijing is upbraiding Tokyo for its depiction in history textbooks of the invasion and occupation of China in the 1930s and 1940s — and used it as a reason for excluding Japan from the United Nations Security Council — it has exposed its own politicization of […]
Dec 7, 2004
Japan may not be the only place where history is often twisted, accourding to this article in the New York Times.
CDT in the News
- MIT Technology Review – Now China wants to censor online comments
- The Globe and Mail – Shanghai leaves lockdown after two months, but ‘zero COVID’ policy remains
- WION – Shanghai residents spent 2 months ‘locked’ up, but China bans media from calling it a ‘lockdown’
- The Independent – Shanghai prohibits media from using the term ‘lockdown’
- Guardian – Shanghai reportedly bans media use of the term ‘lockdown’ as lockdown ends