July 1st is the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party
(Official English website). Since 1979, China has been on a course of economic reform
, first initiated by Deng Xiaoping
, who climbed from disgrace during the Cultural Revolution to lead China away from a communist economy. Now, however, with the anniversary of the Party coming up, at least in Chongqing
, the fastest growing city
on the planet which 32 million people call home, the East may once again be Red. [more inside]
The scene was the siege of Shanghai, the year 1932. It was more than half a year since the Mukden Incident had provided a pretext for Japan to invade Manchuria
and begin moving down through Northern China. Three Imperial Japanese soldiers from an engineering division died in a bomb blast that took out a section of the Chinese fortifications, allowing Japanese forces to surge through the breach and advance.
The fallen soldiers became known as the "Three Human Bombs
" (Bakudan Sanyushi / 爆弾三勇士). Memorials were built
and murals were painted
and the Three Human Bombs were remembered as gallant and selfless heroes who gave their lives for the greater good of Japan, lauded on stage, in film, and in song
. A military medal
was created to award heroism in honor of the three.
Problem is, it was all a lie
. The story of the Three Human Bombs was one of the most successful propaganda campaigns of the early twentieth century.
Canadian War Poster Collection
at McGill University. And if that doesn't strike your fancy, the list of digital collections
include such time-honoured favourites as Expo '67
, and the award-winner for unexpected collection, Gynaecology in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Now I know how to Criticize Lin Piao and Discredit Him Completely,
next time won't you join with me? Lots of other great covers on this site
, but this one takes the (happy kids marching with rifles) cake. (via
Chinese Public Art
The Workers' Paradise
has always produced propaganda artwork. Lately
, though, the subjects are sometimes at odds with tradition
Your portrait painted like a propaganda poster.
Become a socialist hero... in just 4 easy steps. To start, pick a poster from among the selection
. Two weeks later, your painting is ready. (via STaAatCK)
EastSouthWestNorth is a breath of fresh air.
Looking for Chinese news in English is pretty frustrating. There is Xinhua
, the CPC mouthpiece, and it's outlets like the China Daily
. The fluffy Beijing Today
isn't much better, geared more towards vapid expats. For an interesting take on China from a Chinese perspective, EastSouthNorthWest translates news from independent Chinese sources to give a picture of China inaccessible to the foreign ear. Everything from religious
freedom to magical man tubers
EastSouthWestNorth previously discussed here, as a much different site.
You'll love the chubby babies
and thrill to the Heroes and Villains
. You'll like the heroines
as well. The rest of Stefan Landsberg
's Chinese Propaganda Poster site
is fairly nifty as well. There are more here
, and here
. The Taschen volume is always on the table chez nous. (Note :
I posted the site link
the day before yesterday on the inside, and someone suggested that it should go on the front page, so here it is).
Iron Women, Foxy Ladies-
A collection of propaganda posters depicting the ideal, but contradictory, roles for Chinese women in the nation. Even if you're not interested in the politics, the evolution of style and form in the artwork is fascinating to examine.
Section VIII Double Standards in International Field of Human Rights
to the annual report by the US state department critical of China’s current human rights record, China slings back with a report of its
own, this time critical of the US
for its human rights record.
Is this the superpower propagandist equivalent of schoolyard name calling, or does the Chinese report make some salient points, ones better left unsaid in the conquest of International Pax Americana
"China's lumbering propaganda apparatus"
may be an accurate description, but is it appropriate for the New York Times
to use such a phrase in a news article, especially given the present crisis?
The People's Daily
- Like news, but not fact or truth? Then check out the China's government newspaper. Let's see what lies are coming 'American pig-dogs' today.