Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai’s Caution Lost in Translation

Richard McGregor explains the misunderstanding behind Zhou Enlai’s famous utterance — “too soon to tell” — on the impact of the French Revolution: The former premier’s answer has become a...

A Gift Bowl Serves Victories to a Village

The New York Times visits a village in southern Yunnan celebrating its Dragon Boat Race victory, a tradition supposedly handed down to them from Zhou Enlai: Each year, Mannao and 11 other ethnic Dai villages take part in a...

April 5th – Useless Tree

From The Useless Tree blog (link): Thirty years ago today a crowd of people gathered in Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. They were ostensibly mourning the death of Zhou Enlai, the longstanding Prime Minister who had died in January. A formal public commemoration had been blocked by Zhou’s political enemies, led by the […]



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