Magazines from China
Especially from the Maoist (Socialist) Era
This is an index page for magazines published in China, mostly during the Mao (socialist) era. Most of the issues of the magazines listed below are in English, but we will also post issues in other languages if we can obtain them.
If you know of other magazines which should be posted here, or if you have other comments or suggestions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peking Review/Beijing Review [1958- ]Peking Review Archive on massline.org. http://www.massline.org/PekingReview/ The authoritative weekly magazine of news and opinion from the Communist Party of China and the government of the People’s Republic of China. This archive now has all of the issues for the entire 31-year period from the beginning of the journal through 1988, with the single exception of issue #23 from 1958 (which we have not yet located). This includes all the issues from the entire period of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. It also includes a great many of the issues from the years after Mao’s death in September 1976, which is the period of transition back to capitalism. In addition to the 1,747 complete issues in PDF format there are also more than 660 separate individual articles in either PDF or HTML format.
People’s China [1950-1957]
A twice-monthly magazine from the early years of the People’s Republic of China. http://www.massline.org/PeoplesChina/
China Pictorial [1950- ]
A large-sized monthly magazine filled with photographs. Index Page on Bannedthought.net
China Reconstructs/China Today [1952- ]
A well-illustrated monthly magazine with many interesting articles about China. (Renamed China Today in 1990.) Index Page on Bannedthought.net
Chinese Literature [1951-2000]
Began as an English-language quarterly in October 1951, and by 1961 was a monthly magazine. Also contains many paintings by Chinese artists. Apparently ceased publication in 2000. Index Page on Bannedthought.net
Zhao Xia [Morning Glow] [1974-1976]
A Chinese language magazine of literature and criticism from a revolutionary perspective which was published in Shanghai during the late period of the Cultural Revolution. Our information is that Jiang Qing played a role in establishing this magazine. Its initial name was the Shanghai Arts and Literature Review but was then changed to Morning Glow. It began publishing in 1974, and apparently the last issue was 1976, #10 (October). Thus it seems that it was immediately suppressed by the capitalist roaders after their reactionary coup d’état following Mao’s death. (So far we just have these 5 issues.)
China’s Foreign Trade
Quarterly magazine promoting foreign trade, and also showing the rapid development of the Chinese economy under socialism. This prepared the basis for the huge expansion of Chinese exports even after socialism was overthrown by the capitalist-roaders led by Deng Xiaoping.
- #4:, 64 pages. PDF format [34,707 KB]
- Supplement 1: “Speech at the Plenary Meeting of the 7th Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly”, by Li Chiang, Chairman of the Delegation of the PRC and Minister of Foreign Trade, Sept. 2, 1975, 4 pages. PDF format [785 KB]
- Supplement 2: Advertising supplement for food products, 4 pages. PDF format [1,324 KB]
Women of China
- 1979, #5, 48 pages. Searchable PDF format [13,041 KB]
Social Sciences in China [1980- ]
A quarterly journal during the capitalist era.
- 1980, March — Vol. I, #1, 236 pages. Searchable PDF format [20,842 KB]
- 1981, March — Vol. II, #1, 244 pages. Searchable PDF format [16,756 KB]
Eastern Horizon [Hong Kong: 1960-1981]
A monthly journal published in Hong Kong, but with the political line of the Communist Party of China. Index Page on Bannedthought.net
Echoes From Tiananmen [Hong Kong: 1989-1991]
A journal issued in support of the protesters who were attacked in 1989 in Tiananmen Square in Beijing by the revisionist Chinese government led by Deng Xiaoping, and also in support of the more general “Chinese Democracy Movement”. There were actually quite a variety of political views at the 1989 protest demonstration (including pro-Maoist views), but the dominant view of this Hong Kong journal, published by the Friends of Chinese Minzhu, seems to have been in support of bourgeois democracy. The magazine published lists of names of people the Chinese government executed, arrested or was still looking for. There were at least 5 issues, but we only have number 3.
- #3 — March 1990, 80 pages. Searchable PDF format [5,751 KB]
Contemporary Foreign Commentary about China During the Maoist Era — Including Magazines
- Far East Reporter Pamphlet Series (Maud Russell)
- Anglo-Chinese Educational Institute
- Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU)
- Chinese Policy Study Group (London)
- Arts and Sciences in China [British magazine: 1963-?]
- U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association:
- Miscellaneous Foreign Commentary, articles, pamphlets, etc.
China in the Mao Era Page
Capitalist-Imperialist China Today Page
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