“Chairman Mao’s Everyman Makeover” (The Atlantic, December 19, 2013)

As the 120th anniversary of his birth approaches this month, Mao Zedong has been reinvented. Shaoshan, the village in Hunan Province where the Chinese leader grew up, has spent over 1.9 billion yuan (about $312 million) to restore his former residence and a nearby memorial plaza, and is planning festivities such as a mass singing of the Cultural Revolution anthem, “The East is Red.”

Read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/12/chairman-maos-everyman-makeover/282533/.

“Reflections on Dialogue: The Dui Hua Foundation’s John Kamm visits the University of Kentucky’s Year of China” (The China Beat, March 6, 2012)

To launch the second semester of the “Year of China,” the University of Kentucky invited John Kamm, founder and director of The Dui Hua Foundation, to be our keynote lecturer. Like our keynote speaker for fall semester, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Kamm’s career has spanned several decades and his work has also been inspired by the student movement in 1989.

Read more at: http://www.thechinabeat.org/?s=Denise+Ho+Reflections+on+Dialogue.

“Exhibiting the ‘Old Society’: Shanghai’s Fangua Lane and Propaganda in the Maoist Era” (The China Beat, May 24, 2011)

At the base of the Oriental Pearl Tower is an exhibition of Shanghai history. The Shanghai History Exhibition Hall (Shanghai chengshi lishi fazhan chenlieguan), created in consultation with the Shanghai History Museum, recreates dioramas of everyday life in the Republican era (1912-1949).

Read more at: http://www.thechinabeat.org/?author=1&paged=17.