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 or Chinese, 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
- Beijing Review
- Beijing Study Journal
- Cheng-chih Hsueh-hsi [Political Study]
- China Insight
- China Pictorial
- China Reconstructs
- China Today
- China’s Foreign Trade
- Chinese Literature
- Dialectics of Nature
- Eastern Horizon
- Echoes From Tiananmen
- Educational Revolution Notice
- Hóngqí [Red Flag]
- Jiefangjun Bao [People’s Liberation Army Daily]
- Liaoyuan Bao [Prairie Fire Journal]
- Made In China
- Morning Glow
- Peking Review
- People’s China
- Political Study
- Prairie Fire Journal [Liaoyuan Bao]
- Red Flag
- Social Sciences in China
- Study and Criticism
- Theory Study
- Women of China
- Xuexi Yu Pipan [Study and Criticism]
- Zhaiyi (Translations into Chinese)
- Zhao Xia [Morning Glow]
- Ziran Bianzhengfa Zazhi [Dialectics of Nature]
Peking Review/Beijing Review [1958- ]Peking Review Archive on massline.org. https://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 33-year period from the beginning of the journal through 1990. 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 and its further development into capitalist-imperialism. In addition to the 1,759 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. https://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
Hóngqí 《红旗》 杂志 [Red Flag] [1958-1988]
The Chinese language theoretical magazine of the Communist Party of China from 1958-1988. We have posted PDF scans of almost all the issues from 1958 through 1976 at: Index Page for Hóngqí in the Maoist (Socialist) Era We also have some issues from 1982-1983 in the revisionist/capitalist era of China. These are unoffical translations into English by the U.S. government. At: Index Page for Hóngqí issues in the Revisionist Era
[Beijing Study Journal]
[Chinese language journal. No other information available.]
- #1 — February 25, 1976, 100 pages (but missing pages 33, 35, 43-54 and 87). Searchable PDF format [14,435 KB]
[Theory Study Journal]
Chinese language journal. [No further information is yet available.]
Cheng-chih Hsueh-hsi [Political Study]
[Chinese language journal apparently published in Peking. No other information available.]
- “Selected Translations On Rightist Opportunism in Communist China”, containing 3 separate articles from issues #19 (Oct. 12, 1959) and #20 (Oct. 27, 1959) of Political Study, 20 pages. (Note well: These translations are done by the Joint Publications Research Service of the U.S. government, and may or may not be accurate!) Searchable PDF format [1,164 KB]
Xuexi Yu Pipan [Study and Criticism] [1973-1976]
Chinese language study and discussion journal published in Shanghai from September 1973 to October 1976. It was suppressed by the capitalist-roaders after their coup d’état following Mao’s death. 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. Index Page on Bannedthought.net.
[Educational Revolution Notice]
Chinese language journal. [No further information is yet available.]
- #1:, 66 pages, (missing page 19). PDF format [8,198 KB]
Ziran Bianzhengfa Zazhi [Dialectics of Nature]
Chinese language journal on science and philosophy. Index Page on Bannedthought.net.
Zhaiyi [Several magazine series translating foreign articles and materials into Chinese]
- Waiguo Zhexue Lishi Jingji (Foreign Philosophy, History and Economy)
- Waiguo Ziran Kexue Zhexue (Foreign Natural Sciences and Philosophy)
- Waiguo Wenyi (Foreign Literature and Arts)
Some issues of these series from the socialist era are available on the Zhaiyi Index Page on Bannedthought.net.
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]
Jiefangjun Bao [People’s Liberation Army Daily]
An important Chinese language newspaper in China.
- 17 Articles on Political, Sociological and Military Affairs, from issues dated April 4, 1979 through May 29, 1979. Translated into English by the U.S. government Joint Publications Research Service, Sept. 23, 1981, 42 pages. PDF format [2,693 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
Monsoon [Hong Kong: 1978- ? ]
A monthly magazine promoting the line of the capitalist-roaders in China. The format is along the lines of China Reconstructs/China Today. So far we only have one issue.
- Vol. 3, #7 — August 1980, 53 pages. (This issue glorifies and promotes pragmatism!) Searchable PDF format [5,664 KB]
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]
Made In China [2016- ]
An English language quarterly journal published outside of China, but focusing on the Chinese labor movement and attacks on civil liberties within China. Index Page on Bannedthought.net.
China Insight [2017- ]
An English language monthly magazine published by the Central Committee of the so-called Communist Party of China, which expresses the views of the current ruling class, the national bourgeoisie of capitalist-imperialist China. Index Page on Bannedthought.net.
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.
Maoist Revolutionary Publications in the Current Capitalist-Imperialist Era in China
Liaoyuan Bao [Prairie Fire Journal]
We believe this important new Chinese language Maoist journal began publishing in early 2020. We hope to post the other early issues here, as well as new issues as they become available.
China in the Mao Era Page
Capitalist-Imperialist China Today Page
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