Chinese Propaganda Posters: From Revolution to Modernization

Author: Stefan Landsberger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315481241

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Brightly coloured prints, portraying model behaviour or a better future, have been a ubiquitous element of Chinese political culture from Imperial times until present. As economic reform swept the People's Republic in the 1980s, visual propaganda ceased to depict the tanned and muscular labourers in a proletarian utopia, so typical of preceding decades. Instead, Western icons of progress and development were employed: high-speed bullet trains, spacecraft, high-rise buildings, gridlocked free-ways and projections of general affluence. Socialist Realism was phased out by design and mixed- media techniques that were influenced by Western advertising. This lavishly illustrated study traces the development of the style and content of the Chinese propaganda poster in the decade of reform, from its traditional origins to its use as a tool for political and economic purposes.
Subjectivity, Creativity, and the Institution

Author: Christopher Crouch

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781599425153

Category: Architecture

Page: 294

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This book is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that examine the subjective experiences of the moulding of creativity, for good or bad, by institutional values. It is essential reading for anyone who wishes to gain a glimpse into the circumstances that surround the creative individual in our current globalising world. With chapters ranging in scope from the function of the internet in building creative social spaces to an examination of the dreaming of their history by the Zapara Amazonian people, this book will introduce the reader to critical analyses of the many differing creative spaces we have made for ourselves across the world. In a radical break from the traditional academic practice of keeping specialists and disciplines separate, this collection brings international scholars and practitioners together from many disciplines all of whom have the shared intention of understanding creative self empowerment in the new conditions of what the sociologist Ulrich Beck calls Second Modernity. An innovative text that illuminates the contemporary global cultural space in which multiple histories and traditions are intersecting and slowly rupturing the certainties of the first modernity of colonialism, nationalism and industrialisation, this collection presents essays that had their origins as papers in the Subjectivity, Creativity, and the Institution Conference that was convened by the Chinese Australian Studies Research Centre at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China and held at the John Curtin Gallery, in Perth, Australia. It includes the keynote presentation by the distinguished Australian sociologist Professor Raewyn Connell."
The Cold War in Asia

Author: Zheng Yangwen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047428817

Category: History

Page: 284

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This volume argues that attention to what were conventionally considered peripheral regions is essential to a full understanding of the global Cold War. Foregrounding Asia necessarily leads to a re-assessment of the dominant narratives that have defined Cold War Studies.
Mao Zedong

Author: Whitney Stewart

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 0822527979

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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"Mao Zedong was one of the most powerful people in the world during his lifetime. Yet when he was born, China was still ruled by the Qing dynasty. Many people longed for a new China, however, and Mao led the way. He controlled power in 1949, when China became a Communist nation. As China's ruler, Mao controlled all aspects of Chinese life. The Chinese people studied his writings, and pictures of Mao adorned buildings and walls throughout the country."--From source other than the Library of Congress