There’s no news like old news in China
Writers and independent filmmakers in China are increasingly pushing the boundaries of what is deemed permissible for historical study by the Communist Party.
Aftershock, a film about China’s most disastrous earthquake, casts unflattering light on the Communist Party’s response to the disaster.
As the survivors in Tangshan used their bare hands to dig through the rubble of their homes, stacking the corpses of their loved ones in the streets, the party refused all international aid and told its citizens to rely on themselves.
Some tragic events in China’s recent history that the party worries about are not to be found in any of the “old news” papers. The most glaring omission is the massacre of unarmed civilians during the June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations at Tiananmen Square.