Remembering and Forgetting the Cultural Revolution: how a turbulent decade still shapes China

Key information

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Russell Square, College Buildings

About this event

It is impossible to understand China today – its economy, culture, society and psyche – without understanding the Cultural Revolution. The movement, unleashed by Mao in 1966 and ending only following his death a decade later, saw perhaps 2 million die and 36 million more hounded. Yet an era which shaped hundreds of millions of Chinese lives, including that of the leader, Xi Jinping, is rarely discussed due to both official repression and personal trauma. Why is it that some people choose to remember – and how do they make sense of the turmoil?

About the speaker

Tania Branigan is author of Red Memory: Living, Remembering and Forgetting China’s Cultural Revolution and is foreign leader writer at The Guardian. She was previously its China correspondent, based in Beijing.


This event is open to the public and free to attend, however registration is required. Complete this form to register.

Please note that this seminar is taking place on campus and will not be recorded or live-streamed.

Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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