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Mao: the too familiar story


Ross, K, Mao: the too familiar story, Session entitled Struggles Over Representation of History, 9-10 June 2006, City University of Hong Kong, pp. KR. (2006) [Conference Extract]


Mao, the Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday is the latest and most dangerous of the spate of Mao biographies that have appeared over the last 10 years. This massive book, which appeared in 2005 in English and is yet to be published in Chinese, has caused much controversy amongst China scholars. Responses have ranged from outright dismissal to cautious or conditional approval. A number of journals have already published assessments of the claims made by Halliday and Chang and more are on the way. Yet these criticisms seem to me to be missing the mark. Scholarly debate seems to be having little effect on public opinion. The western media have been overwhelmingly supportive of Mao the Unknown Story. And the book is heading to best-seller status. This paper examines the genre of the book and uses sources from the field of critical biography to conclude that Mao: the Unknown Story is a misleading and dangerous text.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Asian cultural studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Ross, K (Dr Kaz Ross)
ID Code:79109
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2012-08-17
Last Modified:2012-08-17

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