New book says China’s first premier was gay

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A book due to be published in Hong Kong says Zhou Enlai, Communist China’s much-respected first premier, may have been secretly gay. Paul Chapman reports.

New book says China’s first premier was gay

PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3

Homosexuality isn’t officially repressed in China any more but it’s still frowned on.

So a new book which says Communist China’s first premier Zhou Enlai was secretly gay is likely to create quite a storm.

Hong Kong-based author Tsoi Wing-mui says publicly-available documents including diaries and letters suggest a fondness for a male schoolmate two years his junior.

They also indicate Zhou’s long marriage was in name only, devoid of romantic feelings for his wife.

(SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) TSOI WING-MUI, AUTHOR OF ‘THE SECRET EMOTIONAL LIFE OF ZHOU ENLAI, SAYING:

“‘Love is borne out of passion. Whether man or woman, and for all other living things, if passion is expressed from one side and there is a response from the other, then this can be called love. So it is that even horses and dogs have emotions. As for husband and wife, it is purely for organising a household and for continuing the human race that this type of union exists.’. I think these lines can be seen as his admission of being gay.”

On the streets of Beijing the idea was greeted with disbelief.

(SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) OFFICE WORKER SURNAMED LIU SAYING:

“I think no matter what kind of person he was, Zhou Enlai was a premier who’s quite loved bythe people of our country.”

(SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) ENGINEER YANG WENMO SAYING:

“Because he was a great figure in Chinese history this sort of thing wouldn’t happen to him. That’s totally impossible.”

Tsoi says she’s expecting the book to be banned in China, where discussion of controversial details about senior leaders, especially historically significant ones, is strictly off limits.

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