Yang Jisheng

Pinocchio with Chinese Characteristics

In this week’s Drawing the News, online cartoonists ring the alarm bell on new Internet regulations, corrupt officials go fishing, and marionettes take on Chinese characteristics. New Internet regulations, announced by state...

The Fight for the History of China’s Great Famine

The Guardian’s Tania Branigan interviews former Xinhua journalist Yang Jisheng, author of Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine. The book, researched in secret and still unpublished in mainland China, has nevertheless been...

A “Tombstone” for 36 Million

Journalist Yang Jisheng, deputy editor of the historical journal “Yanhuang Chunqiu,” has spent ten years researching the famine in China from 1958-62, which killed his father and 36 million others. The tragedy cannot...

‘Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine’ Reviewed

At The New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson reviews the new English version of Yang Jisheng’s Great Famine history, Tombstone, comparing it with other books on the subject by Zhou Xun and Frank Dikötter. The review...

Tombstone, the 1959-1961 Famine in China

In the Wall Street Journal, Michael Fathers writes a book review for Yang Jisheng’s “Tombstone”, a detailed account revealing long-concealed facts of the Great Famine during 1959-1961 under Mao’s reign:...

Perry Link: China: From Famine to Oslo

In the New York Review of Books, Perry Link writes an essay in which he discusses the books, Ruyan@sars.come (So it was@sars.come) by Hu Fayun and Mubei (Tombstone) by Yang Jisheng, and the recent Nobel award ceremony which...

Finding the Facts About Mao’s Victims

On the New York Review of Books blog, Ian Johnson interviews Yang Jisheng, whose book Tombstone has been called the most thorough accounting yet of the “Great Famine” from 1958-1961: Ian Johnson: I wondered when...

When China Starved

Anne Applebaum writes in the Washington Post about a new history of the Great Leap Forward: “I call this book Tombstone,” the author, Yang Jisheng, writes in the opening paragraph. “It is a tombstone for my...



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