No.s 59-60, Oct. 2014

Nos. 59-60
(Oct. 2014):

Remembering Socialist China, 1949-1976


About the Authors

Mobo Gao: Why Is the Battle for China's Past Relevant to Us Today?

Dongping Han: The Socialist Legacy Underwrites the Rise of Today’s China in the World

Hao Qi: Distribution and Social Transition at Tonggang

Remembering Socialist China, 1949-1976

About the Authors

Mobo Gao was born and brought up in a small Chinese village, and did not leave the village until he went to Xiamen University to study English. He thereafter went to the UK and completed his Master’s and doctoral degrees at Essex.

Professor Gao has worked at various universities in China, the UK and Australia, and has been visiting fellow at Oxford, Harvard, and other universities. At present he is the Director of the Confucius Institute at Adelaide.

Professor Gao’s research interests include studies of rural China, contemporary Chinese politics and culture, Chinese migration to Australia and the Chinese language. His publications include four monographs and numerous book chapters and articles. One of his books, Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China, is a case study of the village he came from. His latest book, The Battle for China’s Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution is a reassessment of the Mao era and the Cultural Revolution.
Email: mobo.gao[at]

Dongping Han was born in Jimo County, Shandong Province, China in 1955. He grew up on a collective farm, and starting working with villagers when he was nine years old during the weekend and school vacations. After high school, he returned to his village to work full time. He worked in the fields for a while, and then was recruited to operate a lathe in the village’s industrial enterprise. He was also the manager of the collectively owned village factory for four years. The village had 173 workers, generating an output of over one million yuan a year, before he went to college in the spring of 1978.

He graduated from Qufu Teacher’s College with a B.A., and Hebei University with an M.A.. He taught for three years in Zhengzhou University, China. He went to study in the National University of Singapore, and later in the US. He got his M.A. in history from University of Vermont and his Ph.D. in politics at Brandeis. He taught at Western Illinois University for a couple of years, and has been teaching at Warren Wilson College for the last 15 years. He is also guest professor at Hebei University, China.

He is the author of The Unknown Cultural Revolution, and numerous articles. He also writes for China Daily. He has published several dozen articles on important international issues.
Email: Dhan[at]

Hao Qi received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Renmin University, China, in 2008 and 2010, respectively. His Ph.D. in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst is expected in 2014. He began to work at the School of Economics, Renmin University, in September 2014.

Hao Qi has done field work on trade unions and labour organization in the Philippines, and on the work experience and living conditions of laid-off workers in China. His research interests include Marxian political economy, post-Keynesian economics, applied econometrics, factor income distribution, international trade, and the Chinese economy.

He has written articles in Chinese and English on questions such as the labour share in China; the post-2008 global economic crisis; Marxist crisis theory; the theory of comparative advantage and theories of unequal exchange. Among his publications is “The Labor Share Question in China”, Monthly Review, January 2014,
Email: hqi[at]



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