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May 21, 2006 | Li Zhensheng, LI ZHENSHENG, who has chronicled and lectured on the Cultural Revolution, is the author of "Red Color News Soldier." An exhibition of his photos is coming to Los Angeles next year. This article was written with the assistance of journalist Jacques Menasche.
FORTY YEARS AGO, on May 16, 1966, Chairman Mao Tse-tung unleashed the Cultural Revolution on China. At the time, I was a 25-year-old photographer living in Harbin, the capital of the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. Only a few months earlier I had returned from the countryside, where I had been sent for a year and a half during the Socialist Education Movement to share the hardship of the peasants and to spread revolutionary fervor.
June 29, 2011 | By Daniel K. Gardner
Mao Tse-tung, Confucius and Louis Vuitton have been mixing it up lately on China's most-renowned stage: Tiananmen Square. For decades, Mao's portrait has hung over the Tiananmen Gate at the far north of the square, at the entrance to the Forbidden City, even as his embalmed body has lain in the mausoleum built immediately after his death in the center of the square. Chairman Mao, the Great Helmsman, founder of the People's Republic of China, looms mightily over the square, reminding the Chinese people of the Communist Party's achievement in raising the country out of its "feudal" and impoverished past and restoring it to prosperity and global influence.
August 21, 2008 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
Hua Guofeng, one of the last of the early generation of Communist revolutionaries who was named briefly to succeed Chairman Mao Tse-tung, died Wednesday, Chinese state media reported. Hua, who is credited with putting China on the path to reform by removing the Gang of Four, was 87. Sometimes dismissed as insignificant, Hua was a man caught between two eras who created a bridge over the gap before having the good sense to exit the political stage gracefully. In the past, the Communist Party has waited several days to announce the death of a major current or former leader, giving political factions time to fight for position and the party time to control the damage.
The most cerebral question posed by designers here centered on hemlines. Mid-thigh? Knee-grazing? Ankle-length? Mind-numbing? Oh, yes. We'd rather mull over which of designer Vivienne Tam's Andy Warhol-esque Chairman Mao images are the most irreverent. Mao in pigtails? Mao with bubble-gum pink lips? Mao being stung on the nose by a bumblebee? "That one is called 'Ow Mao,' " Tam said in her showroom Friday afternoon.
August 10, 2008
Re "Human rights take field in China," Aug. 6 In my travels in China as long as 13 years ago -- when the air was nowhere near as dirty as it is now -- I saw Chinese citizens all over Beijing wearing surgical masks to protect themselves from the polluted air. Our cyclists were doing the same, and have nothing to apologize for. The Chinese should look in the mirror before claiming to have been deeply offended. Mark W. Dixon Newport Beach Before we use the Olympics as a tool to brazenly criticize life in China, why don't we first tend our own garden?
April 15, 1989 | From Reuters
China said Friday that its population had reached 1.1 billion, twice as many people as at the time of the 1949 revolution, and warned of national disaster unless fresh efforts are made to enforce birth control. Government leaders and the state-run media acknowledged that the country's Draconian policy of one child per family had largely failed and said population could reach an intolerable 2 billion next century if birth control is neglected. The Communist Party newspaper People's Daily said China made a grave mistake by rejecting the advice of population experts in the 1950s, but did not name the leader then--Chairman Mao Tse-tung.
September 4, 1986 | JIM MANN, Times Staff Writer
Li Baisheng was a high school student a decade ago, and like tens of millions of other people in China, he recalls hearing the news on the radio. "I remember it was a dark day, with no sun at all, but not too many clouds, either," Li, who is now 25 and works as a technician in a Peking factory, said the other day in chatting with a reporter. "Around 3 o'clock, there was a broadcast saying everyone should listen to the radio at 4 o'clock for a major announcement.
November 1, 1987 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
The former imperial compound where the late Chairman Mao Tse-tung lived for nearly two decades is today a slightly shabby place where selected Chinese tourists are presented an image of a man who loved books and table tennis. Built with gray bricks, gray roof tiles and vermilion columns in the traditional Chinese style around a 60-foot-by- 80-foot tree-shaded courtyard, the 325-year-old residence now has something of the lifeless aura of a poorly maintained ancient history museum.
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