Brainwashing the people – Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party and the politics of thought control

On the evening of 17 May 1966 Deng Tuo, one of China's most prominent Communist propagandists, committed suicide by overdose of sleeping tablets as an act of protest against charges levelled against him during the Cultural Revolution. Following the tradition of Chinese political suicides, which dated back to the loyal minister Qu Yuan in the … Continue reading Brainwashing the people – Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party and the politics of thought control

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Professor Jin Yuelin’s confession and self-criticism during China’s 1951-52 thought reform campaign

On April 17, 1952, the newspaper Guangming Daily published a "confession" written by professor Jin Yuelin (金岳霖, also spelled Chin Yüeh-lin). The confession, entitled "Criticism of my idealistic bourgeois pedagogical ideology" (批判我的唯心論的資產階級教學思想), was made during the "thought reform campaign" launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Mao Zedong's leadership in 1951-52 (Chen 1960, p. … Continue reading Professor Jin Yuelin’s confession and self-criticism during China’s 1951-52 thought reform campaign

China Wants To Extend “One Belt, One Road Initiative” To The Korean Peninsula

The People's Republic of China (PRC) wants to extend its "One Belt, One Road Initiative" to the Korean Peninsula. Beijing's plan comes after the historic summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which took place from September 18 to September 20 in Pyongyang. During the meeting the two sides … Continue reading China Wants To Extend “One Belt, One Road Initiative” To The Korean Peninsula

Chinese Government Removes References To Mao Zedong’s “Mistakes” During The Cultural Revolution From School Textbooks

The Chinese government has removed references to former Communist leader Mao Zedong's "mistakes" during the Cultural Revolution from 8th grade school textbooks. The old version of the textbook stated: "In the 1960s Mao Zedong mistakenly believed that the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party was engaging in revisionism, and that the Party and the … Continue reading Chinese Government Removes References To Mao Zedong’s “Mistakes” During The Cultural Revolution From School Textbooks

China and the May 4th Movement

"When the May Fourth Movement took place in 1919, I was only sixteen years old, a student at the Tianjin Women’s Normal College", wrote Deng Yingchao (邓颖超/ 鄧穎超; pinyin: Dèng Yǐngchāo) years after the events. "On May 4, 1919 students in Beijing held a demonstration asking the government to refuse to sign the Versailles Peace … Continue reading China and the May 4th Movement

Mao Zedong, Legalism and Confucianism – Similarities And Differences

When Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on October 1, 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) stood before the tremendous task of rebuilding the state on the basis of Soviet-style Communist principles. Yet despite their desire to create a new China, Communist leaders drew on old political and social … Continue reading Mao Zedong, Legalism and Confucianism – Similarities And Differences