Video: Ian Johnson on Sparks, his look at China's Underground Historians

Ian Johnson, speaking about his book Sparks at the USC U.S.-China Institute on 2023-10-16.
November 14, 2023

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson spent a decade researching the work of these unofficial historians of China's recent past. This compelling study introduces readers to writers, filmmakers and artists, determined to preserve stories about mass movements that affected millions but get scant attention in the party-state's official history.

Video: Mike Chinoy on Assignment China: An Oral History of American Journalists in the People's Republic

Photo by Jim Laurie, shooting video in China for ABC in 1981. Used by permission.
April 13, 2023

How have print, broadcast and now internet-centric journalists reported on the dramatic changes in China over the past eight decades?

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August 2, 2022

USCI's online courses enable teachers to learn not just about East Asia, but about how they might bring East Asia to their own students.

CCP Central Committee Resolution on on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century, Nov. 11, 2021

November 11, 2021

The Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee adopted the following resolution on the Party's history in Beijing. It is the third such resolution, after the 1945 and 1981 resolutions. The Party marked the 100th anniversary of its founding on July 1, 2021. This translation is provided by Xinhua.

CCP Resolution on the Party's Achievements and Experiences Over the Past Century (Chinese text) 中共中央关于党的百年奋斗重大成就和历史经验的决议

November 11, 2021

The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee adopted the following resolution on the Party's history. The CCP marked the 100th anniversary of its founding on July 1, 2021.

Xi Jinping, Achieving Rejuvenation Is the Dream of the Chinese People, Nov. 29, 2012

Xi Jinping and other CCP leaders visit the National Museum of China, Xinhua photo.
November 29, 2012

Xi Jinping, the newly elevated General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, visited China's National Museum to open its new megaexhibit "The Road to Rejuvenation." The other members of the Politburo Standing Committee accompanied him.

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Ian Johnson on Sparks, his new book on China's Underground Historians

Throughout its history, the Chinese Communist Party has sought to dictate what is written and taught about its past. And some have always found ways to offer a fuller picture of what they and others have experienced.