Thursday, September 30, 2010

Remembrance 58

In Issue 58 of Remembrance (in Chinese) , one of its editors Qizhi (Wu Di), who is also a historian, contrasts Western and Chinese standards and practices for writing history. Mao's Last Revolution by Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals, this very important historical volume most highly regarded by both Westerners and Chinese, would have been sentenced to death by academics in China, even in Hong Kong, says Qizhi.  And he is not talking about political issues. He is talking about academic criteria for historical books and argues that there is something very wrong with those in present day China.

Bu Weihua, in "On Several Problems with Mao's Last Revolution," points out a number of mistakes, inaccuracies and improprieties in that book while expressing admiration for its achievement.

Hao Jian provides a detailed analysis of the documentary Morning Sun, on its composition style, camera language, and moral principle.

Ran Yunfei, a well-known Chengdu blogger, reviews He Shu's new book Fighting for Mao – Chongqing’s Large Armed-Fights (《为毛主席而战—文革重庆大武斗实录》).

There are much more, including the news of a book by a woman author that lauds the Cultural Revolution (which really is news to me!).

If you can read Chinese, read this issue here.

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