Chinese war film cancels premiere in apparent censorship

The premiere of Chinese war epic “The Eight Hundred” has been cancelled, an apparent result of censorship after an association of retired party cadres deemed it “inappropriate” ahead of Communist China’s 70th anniversary. Hailed as the Chinese “Dunkirk”, the film details a story of a Chinese army unit fighting against Japanese invaders in the 1937 […]


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 […]