Cultural Revolution

June 11, 20132 Comments

Soul-searching former Red Guard won praises on Weibo

From Takungpao A former Red Guard made a written apology for his evils during the Cultural Revolution last week, the first of its kind in China. Liu Boqin, a man in his 60s, was a second-year student at Jinan No.1 Middle School (equivalent of eighth grade in the U.S.) at the start of the Cultural [...]

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October 15, 2012No Comments

Man sent to labor camp for subversive comments and T-shirt files lawsuit

A college graduate detained and sent to a labor camp for forwarding ‘subversive’ content on a microblogging site sued the labor camp in Chongqing Wednesday. On the web, he has garnered immense support for his fight for freedom of speech. His lawyer, also a human rights activist, defended him fervently in court and publicly indicted [...]

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September 16, 20129 Comments

On Weibo, Japanophobic mobsters are far from the majority

By Sunday, September 16, hundreds of thousands of Chinese in 85 cities had participated in the two-day anti-Japanese street protests, according to Japan’s Kyodo News, many of which ended on a hideous note, with properties that are made in Japan or sound Japanese-owned smashed, ransacked and burnt down by mobsters. Photos and footage of the monstrosity on [...]

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March 25, 20124 Comments

Post-1970s, Post-1980s, Post-1990s –  The enhanced Chinese generation gap

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. China is giving great attention to the sharp differences between the 70hou (Post-1970s, Chinese born between 1970 and 1979), 80hou (Post-1980s, Chinese born between 1980 and 1989) and 90hou (Post-1990s, Chinese born between 1990 and 1999), as [...]

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February 13, 20122 Comments

World Press Photo winner: The Return of the Native, Mao Zedong Remembered

World Press Photo, a non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is known for holding the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. The winners of the 2012 World Press Photo contest in were announced Friday. Three Chinese photographers made the list: LI Yang from China Daily placed the third in Spot News Singles [...]

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January 7, 20125 Comments

China’s Cultural Revolution 2.0

Bejing’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has recently released new restrictions for television broadcasters to limit the number of entertainment programs during prime time to two programs per week and 90 minutes per day. Talent shows, dating shows, and talk shows with emotional content are among the restricted programs that are “excessive entertainment” which [...]

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September 16, 20112 Comments

Chinese veterans lose war on poverty despite winning battles

A veteran wearing dozens of medals and insignias was spotted begging on the street, according to a web post on MOP, a popular Chinese discussion forum, provoking another wave of public criticism over the country’s mistreatment of those who went through fire and water and made huge sacrifices for the territorial integrity of the land [...]

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April 28, 20113 Comments

Centennial celebration of Tsinghua University turns arena of politics, meets criticism from and controversy over its alumni

Last Sunday, Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institution for higher education, celebrated its 100th birthday. Tsinghua University is famous even around the global as a factory for engineers and scientists, many of whom head directly towards the United States after graduation. Often called “the MIT of China,” Tsinghua ranked the first on the [...]

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