Security law: Hong Kong’s Toytown Red Guards are busy mobilising against democrats

During the terrifying years of China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, a perpetual nightmare was the threat of being denounced for some real or imagined offence, with the denunciation taken up by the authorities or the mobs rampaging throughout the country. It had been thought that this abysmal practise had disappeared or at the very […]


Culture, free speech and celebrating Mao downunder

By Chongyi Feng, University of Technology Sydney Mao Zedong, a master in using culture as a tool of political propaganda, famously declared at the Chinese Communist base camp of Yan’an in May 1942 that: In the world today, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines. There is in […]

Why China still can’t make sense of the Cultural Revolution

By Kerry Brown If there is one certainty in contemporary Chinese politics, it’s that any mention of the Cultural Revolution, which began half a century ago in May 1966, must always be negative. The “turbulent decade” of the Cultural Revolution, as it is called by many within China, is regarded as an unmitigated disaster, an event […]