1959: This Land so Rich in Beauty

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, a number of noted upcoming artists — their number included Lü Fengzi 吕鳳子, Xu Beihong 徐悲鸿, Zhang Daqian 張大千, Yan Wenliang 颜文梁, Lü Sibai 吕斯百, Chen Zhifo 陳之佛, Gao Jianfu 高劍父, Pan Yuliang 潘玉良 and Pang Xunqin 龐薰琹 — worked in the new national capital Nanking and were later identified as a kind of ‘ Jinling Artistic group’ 新金陵畫派, although they shared little in common.… Read

1954: Awakening from a Dream of Red Mansions

The Story of the Stone (also known as Dream of the Red Chamber) is China’s most famous novel. It depicts the height of court power and wealth in an imaginary capital city, often thought to be loosely based on Nanking (Jiangning 江寧/ Jinling 金陵).… Read

April-September 1949: The Nanking Press

Knight Biggerstaff The following account of the post-liberation Nanking print media appeared on 8 March 1950 in Far Eastern Survey, vol.19 no.5: 50-54. — The Editors The Chinese Communists frankly regard the press as an instrument of propaganda, as an important means of ‘educating’ the people.… Read

April 1949: Trapped in Nanking

K.M. Pannikar In his memoir In Two Chinas, Kavalam Madhava Panikkar, the Indian ambassador to the Republic of China, gives an account of the Communist takeover of Nanking in April 1949.… Read

April 1949: Nanking Liberated, in verse

The People’s Liberation Army Captures Nanking Mao Zedong April 1949 Over Chungshan swept a storm, headlong,
Our mighty army, a million strong, has crossed the Great River.
The City, a tiger crouching, a dragon curling, outshines its ancient glories;
In heroic triumph heaven and earth have been overturned.… Read

1966-1976: The Cultural Revolution in Nanking

325-1 南京文化大革命大事记(1966)
325-2 南京文化大革命大事记(1967上),https://nsfz2.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/325-2-南京文化大革命大事记(1967上)/ etc, etc….… Read

The Tunnel

Chen Jo-hsi Early in July Nanking launched a ‘Good Men, Good Deeds’ movement and Master Hung, a retired worker, was selected by his neighborhood committee as a ‘Good Man’ and given the additional designation of ‘model old man.’… Read

February 1972: Nixon’s Press Corps

尼克松的記者團 Chen Jo-hsi 陳若曦 The bugle calls blaring from the loudspeakers that greeted our arrival at school in the morning seemed to be louder and more insistent than usual. Just as we were wondering what it was all about, one of the teachers told us that an emergency meeting of all departments had been called.… Read

June 1974: A Conversation with Four Historians

Frederic Wakeman, Jr. In June 1974, I spent a month in the People’s Republic of China as an interpreter and cultural advisor with the herbal pharmacology delegation from the United States Academy of Sciences.… Read

The Tunnel

In 1969, the Taiwanese writer Ch’en Jo-hsi (陳若曦, b.1938) moved to Nanking with her family where she took up a teaching position at Hohai University 河海大學. She later wrote a number of short stories set in the Nanjing of the Cultural Revolution era.… Read

A Punishing Regime

Upon receiving news that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) led by the Communist Party had captured Nanking, seat of the Nationalist Party government of the Republic of China, Mao Zedong wrote a poem in celebration.… Read