During sensitive this time, Yan Huang Chun Qiu published articles praising Zhao Ziyang, may have some significant meaning
1, There are a few articles in the latest issue of Yan Huang Chun Qiu that commemorated Zhao Ziyang, including the cover article Deng Xiaoping and His Speech on May 13, the Formation and Procedure of Development Strategies in Coastal Cities and a 10,000 words article written by a professional from the newsroom of Hu Yaobang’s Funeral Office. There were also many old pictures of Zhao Ziyang.
2, Yan Huang Chun Qiu was founded in 1991 and it is a general monthly magazine based on historical contents. In the past few years, as an avant-garde reformist magazine, it has built a solid ground on its critical rendition of history. And it is very popular among readers. The most striking characteristic of this magazine is that it always advocates political reform and it is courageous to challenge sensitive issues. It also explicitly advocates freedom of speech.
3, In terms of such bold stance, some scholars think that it is because this magazine is independent. It is a private magazine and has never received any political subsidies or large volume of subscription from the Communist Party or the government. Its capital is from subscription of ordinary readers. Financial independence is a good shield and it could resist some editorial and personnel pressure from the government.
4, Besides, main people in the magazine are very resourceful. The director Du Dao used to be the director of China News Press in the 1980s. Deputy director Yang Jisheng used to be a senior journalist from Xinhua News Agency. The editor is famous historian Wu Si. The experienced reformist consultant of the magazine Li Rui used to be Mao Zedong’s secretary.
The writer of this article is Xiao Shu 笑蜀 (real name is Chen Min). He used to be the editorial commentator at Southern Weekly. He is a very respected journalist. He is one of the major contributors of the New Citizen’s Movement.
According to Wikipedia, his two books Voice of History and Truth of Liu Wencai were published in 1999 and banned right away. He was the executive editor of China Reform Magazine from 2002 to 2005 -- a very good, reformist magazine. He joined Southern Weekly in 2005 and was “fired” in 2011. On September 11, 2012, his Sina Weibo account was deleted by the government.
1, I have seen a document online reporting the currently popular Wang Weiguang, director of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The content of the report is that the authorization of his position was forged.
1, 网上看到一份举报材料， 举报物件即为当下红极一时的社科院院长王伟光，内容是其职称评定造假作弊。
2, This kind of story in Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is not rare. For example, when Bo Xilai was chairing Chongqing, many senior leaders from CASS including Li Shenming, Zhu Jiamu and Wang Weiguang all fled out to Chongqing to try to please Bo Xilai. Bo’s so-called “Chongqing Practice of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” series research was spearheaded by the then deputy director of CASS Wang Weiguang. It was No.1 research project among 12 projects. From June 23-25, 2011, Wang Weiguang brought directors from different academic institutes and many scholars to Chongqing and held “Communal Wealth and Socialist Theories of Chinese Characteristics” seminar. Wang organized the seminar together with Bo Xilai. The theme of the seminar was actually to add color for the “Chongqing Model”.
3, There are stories in the academia saying that some leader gave 40 million Yuan to support Chongqing, and some professor from Tsinghua also bought villas in Chongqing with very low prices. As the leader of these research projects, and also as the person in the highest administrative position, Wang Weiguang must have got lots of fund from these research projects. All these research projects are funded by the government, which means by tax payers’ money. Actually it is already proven that what Wang Weiguang and his colleagues have produced with this huge amount of money is not only garbage, but also poison. It was the typical trade between power and money and academic corruption.
4, Utopia and CASS that’s governed by Wang Weiguang and Li Shenming have become intimate political alliances. In another word, Wang Weiguang and Li Shenming are actually Zhang Hongliang (main contributor at Utopia) within the system. They have made CASS a big camp of extreme leftism, which is drastically different from the Party School that has maintained its political openness, diversity and tolerance.
5, CASS is funded by taxpayers and it is a public institution. CASS should only serve taxpayers and for public interests. However, reality has shown that CASS has become a private instrument for Wang Weiguang and Li Shenming to serve their political agendas. This is the abduction of taxpayers and it is a betrayal of public interests.
China’s New Workers, Culture and Fate, a new book published by sociologist LV Tu, 吕途, who is reportedly based in the Netherlands, where she completed her MA and PhD in Sociology.
This is the sister book of China’s New Workers, Lost and Rise published in the beginning of 2013. Professor Wang Hui wrote a very academic prelude for this book.
1,(Editor’s note) There are four parts in this book: Our Work, Our Life, Be What Kind of Person, and Cultural Practice of New Workers. There are 16 chapters in this book and they are consisted of life stories of 13 workers, as well as the writers’ work experiences in a Taiwan-owned and Germany-owned factory.
2, (Prelude) This book uses workers’ life stories to depict the comprehensive control of the Capital on laborers. It describes the realities and its representation. From her own epistemological perspective, the writer explains and analyzes how these laborers are manipulated by the logic of the Capital, as well as how they struggle helplessly, how they seek comfort, numb themselves and can’t find a way out. This book does not discuss cultural theories. It tries to present easy and accessible cultural analysis from some cultural phenomenon. The goal is to connect the daily life and work of these laborers with their personal happiness, group development and social advancement and progress. Only when this connection is made, can there be a way out for individuals and the society in whole. History and reality has taught us time and time again that no change is random. It is the result of interpersonal cooperation and shouldering social responsibility together. The cultural analysis of this book hopes to invoke more people to actively shoulder social responsibility. Cursing online, on Weibo or talking big is not shouldering social responsibility. The future of individuals and the society depends on: how do people choose their personal path and how do they practice their responsibility in their daily life and work, bit by bit.
2, This book hopes to describe a kind of new workers’ cultural state through some laborers’ life stories. When we don’t understand a group we generally tend to imagine them with judgment. One kind of imagination is that once we mention workers, we project the image of “We workers have strength” (a lyric from a song called Song of Oil Workers,1964). This is not necessarily representative of the real situation of new workers, because I have seen too many workers work in factories toiling like machines. After work they go to Internet cafes or watch Korean soap operas to numb themselves. Another projection is that the new generation of workers have a much stronger power awareness and civil awareness. Therefore they will actively fight for their rights in urban cities. This kind of imagination does not necessarily reflect workers’ status either.
3, The research and writing of this book lasted three years. Research started in June 2011 and the first draft was finished in December 2013. In June 2014 there were more changes on this book.
4, (Part of Chapter 1) The third definition of culture is its “social” dimension. Culture is a kind of overall lifestyle. This book uses Raymond Williams’ third definition of culture, which is, culture is a kind of overall lifestyle. It happens daily. It is individual as well as cultural. It could only be experienced by those who live at that certain time and in that certain place. Its content includes organization of production, family structure, the structure that shapes social relations and systems, the unique ways that its social members communicate. The key is their interrelation among these elements. Culture is the culture of its people. It is the experience of a wholesale lifestyle right here, right now.
4, 第三种是文化的‘社会’定义。文化是一种整体的生活方式。”本书采用的是威廉斯对文化的第三种定义，即：文化是一种整体的生活方式，是日常的，既是个体的更是社会的，是只有生活在那个时代和那个地方的人才能有的体验；其内容包括：“生产组织、家庭结构、表现或制约社会关系的制度的结构、社会成员借以交流的独特形式” ，最关键的是这些要素之间的相互作用；文化是人的文化，是人对生活在此时此地的整体生活方式的体验。