The troubles of Yanhuang Chunqiu and the dwindling public sphere

杨绛走好Just published: “Debating the Memory of the  Cultural Revolution in China Today”, MCLC Resource Center, August 2016.

This is a short piece that tries to explain the significance of the monthly magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu (Annals of the Yellow Emperor) and the reasons why it was forced to shut down in early July. By connecting Annals with the 50th anniversary of Bian Zhongyun’s still unelucidated death on August 5th and the heated debate about intellectuals’ responsibility after Yang Jiang’s death in May, the piece argues for the importance of the public sphere in dealing with issues of memory. The illustration is a poster that appeared  on certain subway lines in Beijing this summer bidding farewell to Yang Jiang.