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Digital Archive for Chinese Studies
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Yan Lianke - Serve the People

In the January/Febrary 2005 issue of the literary bimonthly magazine Hua Cheng (花城), the novel Serve the People (为人民服务) by Yan Lianke (阎连科) was published. However, the issue got censured and all copies were confiscated, because the novel contains descriptions of Mao Zedong's portrait being defaced. The novel soon found its way to the Internet, where it was distributed and discussed.

Title page of the article in Hua Cheng

  • We have scanned Serve the People from an actual copy of the banned Hua Cheng issue and saved the images in the DACHS archive. To browse through the scanned pages online, please click on the button below. A new full-screen viewing pane will open.


    The scanned article is also available in PDF-format. Please click on the button below to open the file in a new window, or download the file to your local computer.

    Click to open, or right-click to download.(18.65 MB)

  • Click on the button below to open the novel as it was published on www.huanghuagang.org (see also below) in PDF-format. To view the original, you can also follow the link to the archived webpage.

    Click to open, or right-click to save.(5.75 MB)

    To the archived www.huanghuagang.org
    Downloaded on 21 March 2005.

  • A personal MSN Blog with more information about and comments on the censured novel, from 20 February 2005.

    To the archived spaces.msn.com
    Downloaded on 21 March 2005.

  • An article by Zan Aizong (昝爱宗) on Boxun (博讯): '“为人民服务”的超能伟哥效应——阎连科新小说《为人民服务》既夸张又深刻' (date of publication unknown).

    To the archived www.boxun.com
    Downloaded on 21 March 2005.

  • Personal blog on BlogBus.com, from 4 March 2005.

    To the archived gzfanyi.blogbus.com
    Downloaded on 21 March 2005.

  • Article on LateLineNews (夜光新闻) about the censured novel, from 6 March 2005: '祂的為人民服務為何被禁?' Please note that the 20 'related articles' at the bottom of the page are also in the archive.

    To the archived latelinenews.com
    Downloaded on 21 March 2005.

  • English article on EastSouthWestNorth (東南西北) about the censured novel, from 10 March 2005: 'Serve the People'. Please note that the three links in the article are also in the archive.

    To the archived www.zonaeuropa.com
    Downloaded on 21 March 2005.

  • Discussion thread on WenxueCity (文學城) about the censured novel, from 8 March 2005. Please note that only the 7 messages belonging to this particular thread are in the archive.

    To the archived web.wenxuecity.com
    Downloaded on 21 March 2005.

  • Discussion thread on the 沉心斋 forum on 什么网 about the censured novel, from 14 March 2005: '转个被禁了的小说,是花城上的.' The complete novel is included in the threads, as well as comments from readers.

    To the archived www.webjb.org
    Downloaded on 21 March 2005.

  • Article by Jiang Xun (江迅) on Boxun (博讯), from 19 March 2005: '《为人民服务》:中国二零零五年“第一禁书”.' Please note that the four 'related articles' at the bottom (about banned books) are also in the archive.

    To the archived www.peacehall.com
    Downloaded on 21 March 2005.

  • English article by Antoaneta Bezlova on the website of Inter Press Service News Agency: 'Sexually Charged Political Satire Slips Into Internet' (15 April 2005). Also contains a link to a discussion thread on the Angry Chinese Blogger at the bottom of the article.

    To the archived www.ipsnews.net
    Downloaded on 18 April 2005.

 
 
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