Cultural Revolution

CIA, Mao's Cultural Revolution - Origins and Development, Oct. 6, 1967

March 9, 2020

In the midst of China's Cultural Revolution, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency prepared a report on the forces leading to the launch of the Cultural Revolution and its first year. It was written by Philip L. Bridgham. This report was declassified in 2007 (40 years after its preparation). Bridgham published a versions of this in The China Quarterly.

Video: Weijian Shan's Life from Exile to Equity

September 4, 2019

The USC U.S.-China Institute and Asia Society hosted a talk with Weijian Shan, one of Asia’s best-known financiers, as he recounts his remarkable personal story of his exile to the Gobi Desert for hard labor at the age of 15 amidst the turmoil of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.

Video: Guobin Yang Discusses the Factional Violence in the Red Guard Movement

March 27, 2017

Guobin Yang examines the factional violence in the Red Guard movement as well as the de-sacralization of that revolutionary culture throughout the 1970s and the rise of a new wave of protest that inaugurated the democratic movements of the reform era.

Morley Safer, 1931-2016 -- Reported from China during the Cultural Revolution

May 23, 2016

The famed 60 Minutes journalist passed away May 19. Safer, a Canadian, and posed as a tourist in 1967 to gain entry. His report for CBS, Morley Safer's Red China Diary, was broadcast in 1967. He spoke with USCI about the experience for Assignment:China.

Leese, Mao Cult: Rhetoric and Ritual in China's Cultural Revolution, 2011

January 1, 2011

Daniel Leese's book was reviewed by David Buck for the History of Asia discussion list.

Xu Weixin: Monumental Portraits

University of Michigan Museum of Art presents an exhibition of Xu Weixin: Monumental Portraits.

China – The Red Sons: A Screening and Conversation with Zheng Shengtian

The China Institute hosts a screening of the Red Sons and a discussion with renowned curator Zheng Shengtian.

Legend of Tianyun Mountain (Tian yun shan chuan qi)

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies presents a screening of Legend of Tianyun Mountain, one of the first films to depict the Cultural Revolution in a historical context.

Wu, The Cultural Revolution at the Margins - Chinese Socialism in Crisis, 2014

Yiching Wu's book was reviewed by George Reeve for the History of Socialism discussion list. It is reprinted here through Creative Commons license.

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Events

July 2, 2020 - 4:00pm

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a webinar with David Zweig to look at how tensions between the United States and China have impacted scientific collaboration and research.  

July 16, 2020 - 4:00pm

Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, authors of Superpower Showdown, will help us understand the ramp up of US-China economic tensions and the far-reaching consequences of the stand-off.