During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, many Inner Mongolian intellectuals were condemned as “traitorous counter-revolutionaries” who conspired to “divide the great motherland of China”. Allegations of “treason” prompted widespread political campaigns aimed at these “disloyal” Mongol elite. These operations quickly turned into purges and massacres, which resulted in the death of thousands of Inner Mongols. The memory of these traumatic events remains vivid. Is there still any possibility of reconciliation in Inner Mongolia today?
Professor Akira Ohno is an anthropologist from Shizuoka University in Japan. He has published widely on the Chinese Cultural Revolution and Mongolian culture, as well as being the recipient of many book prizes and awards. He also appears frequently in Japanese newspapers and on TV programs as a subject matter expert and commentator.
This lecture is part of the lecture series on ‘Reconciliation and the Memories of Conflicts in East Asia’ supported by One Asia Foundation.