Tag Archives: Cultural Revolution

Chicken blood injections and other health crazes

Zhang Wuben wasn’t the first purveyor of peculiar miracle cures. In the mid-20th Century, Chinese citizens endured fads of chicken blood injections, kombucha, water, and hand-waving.

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Group sex and the Cultural Revolution – a translation

Li Yinhe leading the charge (Wikipedia) In her latest blog post, sexologist and activist Li Yinhe writes that the crime of “group licentiousness” is the last draconian law left over from the Cultural Revolution. The posting protests the recent decision … Continue reading

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Old Beijing Man talks about Mao and Cultural Revolution

Today’s China maybe fully embraces capitalism and is on the fast track to prosperity, but what may be regarded by many as a failed ideology still manages to find ways to manifest itself.

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Writing the history of the Gang of Four

Ye Yonglie completes a massive history of the Gang of Four.

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How the Nazis brought about the end of the Cultural Revolution

How The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was translated and circulated in China, from the 1960s through the 1990s.

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A personal history of the beginning of the Red Guards

A new blog and the blogger’s translation of an article about the early days of the Cultural Revolution.

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40 million new poor

China raised the poverty line from annual income of 1067 RMB to 1300. The change of the measurement caused a two-fold growth of China’s poor people: from 40 million to 80 million.

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Mao Zedong Thought cures deaf mutes

A Cultural Revolution video showing deaf mute ids cured by Mao Zedong thought.

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Private argot in the public sphere

YWeekend (青年周末) comments on slang in subtitles. Wu Fei (吴非) writes about gang language and cultural revolution slang.

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Cultural Revolution reminders from Chinese bloggers

Today is August 8. For people superstitious about numbers, it’s a lucky day. But this day 40 years ago was the start of a disaster. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution formally started on this day. And lasted until October of 1976.

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