NEWS & VIEWS

Reshaping history: how an all-powerful Xi Jinping will come to personify the party’s priorities

This week’s Sixth Plenum will be historic. Which is not to say that it comes at a historic juncture, or that it is momentous of its own nature, but rather that the event will re-mould and reshape China’s understanding and consensus on history as a reflection of the party’s dominant priorities. Those priorities can ultimately be…

Hong Kong’s cultural revolution has arrived at the arts

It was always going to be a matter of time before the new Cultural Revolution surge sweeping through Hong Kong would focus on the arts. This is, after all, intrinsic to the idea of a revolution described as being cultural. What was less expected was that this new attack on Hong Kong’s way of life…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

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…