Let the Past Speak to the Present

14 Jul 2003

I found this link via Zod at 905life. The article was quite interesting.

> It was Li Zhensheng’s job in the late 1960’s to photograph the happy face of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution for a provincial Chinese daily newspaper. But as he dutifully fed the propaganda machine with uplifting images, he gradually understood that he was also recording history, and so he took a major risk: on his assignments, he began including disturbing aspects of the revolution and then hid the negatives under the floorboards of his home.

I also found the following paragraph heartening.

> Today Mr. Li looks back and sees a different China. The excesses and leaders of the revolution were denounced after Mao’s death in 1976. Communist capitalism is now entrenched. Mr. Li, 63, lives in New York and Beijing. He is confident that his book will soon also be published in China.

It’s noteworthy to mention that this New York Times article is not blocked in China.

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

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