“China’s Selective Memory” (Project Syndicate, May 2, 2019)

This year’s anniversaries of the 1919 and 1989 student protests in China will again highlight the Chinese authorities’ contradictory attitudes toward the two movements. As the People’s Republic looks ahead to the 70th anniversary of its founding this October, the country continues to reckon with its own history.

Read more at: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-may-fourth-tiananmen-student-protest-anniversaries-by-denise-y-ho-2019-05?barrier=accesspaylog

“Reading Big-Character-Posters” (The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, November 7, 2017)

What is a Big-Character-Poster? It is a type of political writing, expressed on paper—in handwritten characters—and posted in a public place; a wall covered with such posters established a forum for discussion and dissemination.

Read more at: https://medium.com/fairbank-center/exhibiting-the-cultural-revolution-part-1-reading-big-character-posters-d3edd7bb0104.

“The Chinese Cultural Revolution at Fifty” (Origins, August 2016)

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), a decade-long period of political turmoil that included attacks on alleged class enemies, the toppling of Party officials high and low, and the reinstatement of political control via revolutionary committees supported by the military.

Read more at: http://origins.osu.edu/milestones/august-2016-chinese-cultural-revolution-fifty.

“Remembering Tiananmen in the Umbrella Movement’s Wake” (Origins, June 8, 2015)

Last year, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen student movement and its brutal crackdown made major headlines. China-watchers, journalists, and academics commemorated June 4—as the event is called for short—with articles and books, and with lectures and roundtables.

Read more at: https://origins.osu.edu/connecting-history/remembering-tiananmen-umbrella-movement-s-wake-politics-commemoration-hong-kong.

“Exhibiting Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: An end or a beginning?” (China Policy Institute, June 4, 2015)

May 17th in Hong Kong marked the opening of a two-week ‘Umbrella Festival,’ a pro-democracy sit-in protest that lasted from September to December 2014. The Umbrella Movement was one of the largest political demonstrations the city had ever seen.

Read more at: https://cpianalysis.org/2015/06/04/exhibiting-hong-kongs-umbrella-movement-an-end-or-a-beginning/.