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Charming. Above all, charming. I never thought I would write those words about a member of the Communist Party of China who, in the CPC’s traumatic early years when he was not yet twenty, associated with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Madame Sun Yatsen, Zhu De, and other historic leaders. Set during 1926-...
I was born in the Yijishan Hospital (originally an American missionary hospital) in Wuhu City, Anhui Province, on September 4, 1960. My father was a high school graduate who worked as a high-level mechanic at the Wuhu Shipyard. He also once worked as a pistol-packing security officer, charged with...
“Farewell to a classmate leaving the countryside to work in the city.” Drawing by Hu Ping, 1972. Courtesy of Hu Ping. No event has had a bigger influence on me than the Cultural Revolution. First, it is because the Cultural Revolution was a major event in its own right. Second, it is because of my...
The ups and downs in life are different for everyone. God gives each person different trials. Satan also tests people in many different ways. But fortunately, when God created human beings, the spirit he breathed into them constitutes common characteristics that make a person human: conscience, a...
In 1983, I spent five weeks traveling around China with my family on our first visit to the country. In those days, less than a decade after the death of Mao Zedong and the end of the Cultural Revolution, people were still wary of speaking to foreigners. Although my young daughter and I attracted...
This book demolishes one of the last surviving myths about communist rule in China: that there was a “Golden Era” from the time of “liberation” in 1949 until the launch of the Great Leap Forward in 1958. For too many people outside China, the idea has prevailed for too long that this was a period...
I’ve read about a dozen China prison memoirs over the years, and nothing has affected me the way Liao Yiwu’s prison diary has, with its detailed and graphic descriptions of prison life. I attribute the impact of this book to Liao’s skills as a poet, his writer’s nose for detail, and his willingness...
China in the World UN Members' flags - the UN Headquarters, New York . Photo Credit: Aotearoa.
About Liao Yiwu Liao Yiwu is a poet, musician (Chinese flute player), novelist and documentarian from Sichuan Province, in southwestern China. He was born in 1958, the year that Mao Zedong launched the Great Leap Forward, a campaign that led to a great famine that killed tens of millionsof people...
Excerpts from A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel: Murder, Money, and an Epic Power Struggle in China by Pin Ho and Wenguang Huang Reprinted with permission from PublicAffairs. From Part 1: “The Fate of a Kuli” On Wang Lijun, pages 16-21 GENETIC SCIENTISTS BELIEVE that 17 million people in Asia are...

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