China historical memory
February 17, 2023
How the Sino-Vietnamese War Was Purposefully Forgotten
By Christelle Nguyen
In both China and Vietnam, the governments have deliberately tried to bury memories of their 1979 war.
October 08, 2022
The CCP’s Changing Understanding of the Soviet Union’s Collapse
By Zhuoran Li
The CCP has always been invested in avoiding the fate of its Soviet counterpart. But Chinese leaders’ lessons from the Soviet collapse have changed over the years.
September 02, 2022
Shifting World War II Memory in East Asia Signals Newly Emerging Global Alliances
By Vincent K. L. Chang
With tensions rising in the Indo-Pacific, Beijing’s new triumphalism takes aim at one-time ally U.S., while Washington and its regional partners embrace former foe Japan’s historical revisionism.
July 01, 2021
How the CCP Uses History
By Nicholas Ross Smith and Tracey Fallon
The party’s embrace of tailored history has accelerated ahead of the 100th anniversary of the CCP’s founding.
December 28, 2020
A Forgotten Chinese Hero: Zhang Xueliang
By Chi Wang
The Xi’an Incident changed the course of Chinese history.
October 27, 2020
Bill Hayton on the Invention of the Chinese Nation
By Sebastian Strangio
"Particular memories of the past have been cultivated and popularized in China to justify the claims and actions of the current leadership."
December 26, 2017
Japan, China, and the Strains of Historical Memory
By Joe Renouard
80 years after the Nanjing Massacre, historical issues continue to haunt China-Japan relations.
June 05, 2017
The Meaning of Tiananmen: 28 Years Later
By Kerry Brown
Revisiting the official verdict on the morning of June 4, 1989 would be dangerous for China's Communist Party.
August 31, 2016
The Most Dangerous Problem in Asia: China-Japan Relations
By Kerry Brown
China and Japan have a thousand year history of fighting each other. What if that pattern repeats itself?
May 16, 2016
How China Remembers the Cultural Revolution
By Perry Link
50 years later, China still has yet to come to terms with Mao's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
April 23, 2016
The Currency Question: Andrew Jackson and Chairman Mao
By Maura Cunningham and Jeffrey Wasserstrom
Convergences and divergences between America and China tell us a lot about each country's current trajectory.
December 28, 2015
Mao Zedong: Savior or Demon?
By Bo Zhiyue
Over 120 years after his birth, China still debates what Mao's true legacy is.
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