Will new TV series on Deng Xiaoping crack light into some of the black holes in contemporary Chinese history?

Alia | August 13th, 2014 - 1:34 am

Mini-series Deng Xiaoping at History’s Crossroad made it first debut last Friday. Could it be a sign that China’s Communist Party is ready to lift the veil over some of the country’s darkest moments in contemporary history?

Cultural Revolution classics on Lunar New Year TV gala: Nostalgia or political metaphor?

Alia | February 3rd, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Seeing lined-up ballet dancers in Red Army uniforms performing one of the Eight Model Operas from the Cultural Revolution era at the new year show of 2014 is a bizarre thing to say the least.

Mao among the people

Alia | December 26th, 2013 - 5:26 am

Today is his 120th birthday, and Sina put together a photo essay, telling stories of Mao impersonators across the country.

Editorial by Global Times heats up discussions of Mao’s legacy

Alia | December 24th, 2013 - 3:37 am

The image of Mao as an “unprecedented great man” has a deep root in China, but not among many of the younger generations: ““Without Mao, there would still be a new China, but there wouldn’t be the Cultural Revolution, among many others.”

An apology that is 47 years late

Alia | May 16th, 2013 - 5:33 pm
Protesters at Beijing Tencent

Yesterday, on the 47th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution’s official starting date, a few apologies made by individuals who have made mistakes during that 10 years of madness went viral online, and ignited discussions of who should be responsible for all the chaos.

Chinese reporters fought for a half-drunk bottle of water left by Li Keqiang, China’s new premier, after press conference.

Alia | March 19th, 2013 - 2:23 am

While most journalists, both inside and outside of China, are busying making sense of what Li Keqiang said during his first press conference as the world’s second biggest economy’s new premier, what happened after the press conference is equally telling about China as a society.

Will China’s raging war of online anti-corruption become another Culture Revolution?

Alia | December 12th, 2012 - 6:15 am

After the 18th National Party Congress, China saw a sudden surge in anti-corruption investigations, most of which were first exposed by netizens online. While many are cheering for the power of the Web, others call for caution, comparing online anti-corruption to the Culture Revolution.

A netizen’s snap of Xi Jinping during his “southern tour” went viral on Weibo

Alia | December 9th, 2012 - 2:40 am

Chinee netizens were impressed by Xi’s charisma and saw new hope for China from a picture snapped by a netizen during Xi’s Deng-Xiaoping-style, traffic-control-free “southern trip” to Shenzhen

The tale of two famines

Alia | December 1st, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Back to 1942, a new Feng Xiaogang production depicting a less-known famine back in the year of 1942 during war-time China, has the whole nation talking. While watching a famine in 1942 on screen, people are thinking about the Great Famine of Mao in minds. Not all famines are equal in China. While some are made into movies, some others left in the darkness.

Will Chinese writer Mo Yan get this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature? Chinese netizens vote no

Alia | October 7th, 2012 - 2:35 am

This year, popular Chinese writer Mo Yan has been reported to be in top places for the Nobel Prize for Literature, but many Chinese netizens are saying: “He doesn’t deserve it.”