23 January 2019

Ding Wang

HKEJ columnist
  • A party propaganda shows young men crying over a picture of Mao Zedong after receiving news of his death. Photo:

    Fear: Mao’s ultimate weapon to subjugate his own people

    - Aug 26, 2016 10:00am
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution, and a heated debate over Mao Zedong’s true motives for unleashing the calamity is underway among intellectuals in the mainland. The “pro-Mao faction”...
  • Mao Zedong regarded the Red Guards as mere tools and proxies to do the dirty work for him. Photo:

    The Red Guards: Mao’s accomplices and victims

    - Aug 19, 2016 11:56am
    On Aug. 18, 1966, a million people, mostly students, took part in a parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing to celebrate the passage of a Central Committee resolution endorsing the start of the Cultural Revolution. It...
  • Professor Lu Gusun, who died last month in Shanghai, has written about the brutality of the Red Guards during China's Cultural Revolution. Photo: Shanghai Observer

    How Lu Gusun reminded us of the horrors of Cultural Revolution

    - Aug 12, 2016 11:08am
    Earlier this month, Shanghai saw a memorial service being held for Lu Gusun, the renowned linguist and lexicographer who died late last month. Lu, who passed away at the age of 76, was an intellectual heavyweight...
  • In answer to Mao Zedong's call, tens of thousands of secondary schools and universities across the country formed their own Red Guards organizations. Photo: Internet

    The Red Guards: A warning from history

    - Jul 29, 2016 10:40am
    Anti-US protests have recently broken out in at least 11 cities across mainland China, with young protesters shouting patriotic slogans in front of American fastfood chains like KFCs. Public opinion in the mainland is split over these...
  • This year, villagers in Henan spent 3 million yuan to build a 36.6-meter-high statue of Mao Zedong covered in golden paint. The statue was demolished by the local government. Photo: Reuters

    Mao Zedong’s appalling record of cruelty

    - Jul 22, 2016 12:00pm
    In 1981, the Communist Party unanimously passed a resolution in which it denounced the Cultural Revolution and blamed it entirely on the Gang of Four. It avoided mentioning Mao Zedong’s role in the movement out of...
  • A picture taken earlier this month shows vehicles stranded in a flooded area in Wuhan. Heavy rains and poor drainage systems have caused severe problems in Central China. Photo: Reuters

    China’s ‘natural’ disasters are man-made in many cases

    - Jul 15, 2016 11:44am
    With the onset of summer, China has been engulfed by natural disasters, particularly along the Yangtze River basin, where exceptionally heavy rainfall since the beginning of July has led to massive floods and mudslides in several...
  • The toxic legacy of the Cultural Revolution can still be felt today. Photo: HKEJ

    Mao Zedong: the sum of all evils

    - Jul 8, 2016 9:33am
    As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution, a heated debate over the true motives behind Mao Zedong’s perpetration of the movement is in full swing among mainland intellectuals. While...
  • A woman admires a photo of Mao Zedong. Mao once boasted that Qinshihuang, who burried 460 intellectuals alive, was nothing compared to him. Photo: Reuters

    Mao Zedong legacy: No rhyme, no reason

    - Jul 4, 2016 2:09pm
    This year marks not only the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution but also the 35th anniversary of a Communist Party resolution which settles several historical issues. Widely regarded as the party’s ultimate verdict on the...
  • Wukan residents have been staging protests after their village chief Lin Zuluan, who has been fighting land grabs by corrupt officials, was taken into custody by Chinese authorities. Photo: Reuters

    The lesson of the Wukan village uprising

    - Jun 24, 2016 10:20am
    Wukan village in China’s Guangdong province grabbed international headlines in 2011 when its residents, under the leadership of Lin Zuluan, a former communist party stalwart, expelled corrupt party officials and took control of their village. Recently,...
  • Even to this day, some people believe Mao Zedong started the Cultural Revolution with good intentions. Photo: Internet

    Time to dispel myth about the Cultural Revolution

    - May 27, 2016 1:55pm
    On May 16, 1966, Mao Zedong announced the so-called “May 16 Notice” on behalf of the politburo, launching the Cultural Revolution, a man-made political catastrophe of biblical proportions that almost destroyed the nation. Fifty years on,...
  • The Cultural Revolution was the bloodiest chapter in China's history under the Communist Party. But on its 50th anniversary, there is surprisingly little criticism of Mao Zedong or the Gang of Four. Photo: Internet

    Xi is dodging calls for reflection on the Cultural Revolution

    - May 20, 2016 2:15pm
    Amid widespread calls for reflecting on the mistakes of the Cultural Revolution on its 50th anniversary, the official People’s Daily has finally broken its silence. In an article published on May 17, the Communist Party organ...
  • Maoist revolutionary songs were the highlight of a concert in the Great Hall of the People marking the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution. The concert has sparked a war of words between liberal intellectuals and pro-Mao factions. Photo:Internet

    Why it’s time to ditch the toxic legacy of Mao’s purges

    - May 13, 2016 1:55pm
    May 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution.  Such commemorations are a sensitive time in China and this year is no exception. Already, a war of words is raging online between liberal intellectuals and...
  • HKU staff and students have to think of other measures, beyond holding silent marches, to protect the academic freedoms. Photo: HKEJ

    What next after the absurd HKU Council vote on Chan?

    - Oct 9, 2015 11:57am
    September 29 was one of the darkest days in the history of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). It was on that day that the HKU Council, the highest governing body of the university, vetoed the...

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