The CCICH is a united-front research institute established by the CPC and the government for unity with and in honor of the old-age intellectuals. Its purpose is to honor the senior citizens and uphold culture. The President, Vice President and researchers of the CCICH are engaged by the Premier of the State Council. All those engaged are great learned literates, celebrities and experts above the age of 60.
The CCICH was personally initiated by Mao Zedong. Before the liberation of
Over the past six decades and more since the inception of the CCICH, a great number of famous old-age scholars in the cultural fields have been engaged, including, Fu Dingyi, Ye Gongchuo, Liu Yazi, Zhang Shizhao, Xu Senyu, Chen Yinque, Shen Yinmo, Xie Wuliang, Xing Zanting, Yang Dongchun, Shang Yanliu, Qi Baishi, Chen Banding, Zhu Qiqian, Xiao Longyou, Zhang Boju and Zhang Henshui. Properly provided for in their old age at the CCICH and gratified by the government of political integrity, these senior intellectuals have their youth renewed. They are motivated to engage in compiling history, writing books, making artistic creation or studying poetry, scoring remarkable achievements.
Since the third plenary session of the 11th CPC Central Committee, CCICH researchers have got their mind further liberated and, with a greater enthusiasm for social services, they have made great accomplishments in historical and cultural research and in literature and art. There have been book publications, personal exhibitions, monograph publications and international forum participation by the researchers. For example, the CCICH held a launch ceremony for the publication of the “Complete Works of Zhang Shizhao”. When President Xiao Qian’s “Collected Works of Xiao Qian” was published, then Premier Zhu Rongji personally wrote a congratulatory letter. There have been five editions of Mr. Wang Shixiang’s collected works – “Jin Hui Dui” – within just two years. Mr. Zhu Jiajin’s collected works – “Gu Gong Tui Shi Lu” – is highly popular among the literary and cultural circles. Wu Xiaoru and Yuan Xingpei were both published authors in the series of books of contemporary Chinese scholars. There have also been published albums of paintings or personal exhibitions from Sun Tianmu, Qin Lingyun, Lu Guangzhao, Huang Jun, Yu Feng, Xu Linlu, Feng Zhonglian, Yang Xuanting, Sun Ying, Hou Jiming, Liu Jiying and other researchers. In addition, some researchers, such as Cheng Xinnong, have also made contributions in their respective fields.
Over the past six decades and more, the CCICH has made remarkable achievements, from its initial prosperity at the beginning of the founding of the People’s Republic of