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Keeping the past alive (3)

(Global Times)

08:35, December 15, 2011

Interpreting history

Experts agree that since the beginning of time history has been open to interpretation that is often controlled by those at the publishing helm.

They also agree that China's past tight controls over which stories are told and the heavy emphasis on correct thinking has bent some of the truth. Discovering that their history education has been flawed is pushing more citizens to remember.

"The history textbooks may hide the truth sometimes," said Li Yuanjiang, a reporter with Chengdu-based History magazine and a former high school history teacher.

"There have been improvements, but overall history is still taught very mechanically," said Li. "Students don't feel connected to it or that it has anything to do with them."

To encourage young people to become more interested in history and to discover it on their own, Li organized a writing competition for middle and high school students, asking them to dig into their families' or communities' past.

Since the beginning of this year, the contest has received over 10,000 articles. The teenagers talked to their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.

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