A book to be published in Hong Kong in the new year says Zhou Enlai, Communist China’s much-respected first premier, was probably gay despite his long marriage, and had once been in love with a male schoolmate two years his junior.
It is a contention certain to be controversial in China, where the Communist Party likes to maintain its top leaders are more or less morally irreproachable and where homosexuality is frowned upon, though no longer officially repressed.
The Hong Kong-based author, Tsoi Wing-mui, is a former editor at a liberal political magazine there who has written about gay-themed subjects before though this is her first book.
She re-read already publicly available letters and diaries Zhou and his wife, Deng Yingchao, wrote, including ones that detailed Zhou’s fondness for a schoolmate and emotional detachment from his wife, to conclude that Zhou was probably gay.
"Zhou Enlai was a gay politician who had the misfortune of being born 100 years early," Tsoi writes in her book.
more or less：副詞，差不多，大約，基本上。例句：Your suggestions were more or less helpful.（你的建議多少有些幫助。）
irreproachable：形容詞，沒缺點的，無可批評的。例句：Any criminal investigation must be legally irreproachable.（任何一宗刑事偵查都必須在法律上毫無瑕疵。）
frown upon something：動詞，蹙眉以表達不贊成、不允許或不悅某事。例句：Our client frowned upon our proposal.（客戶不贊成我們的提案。）