Paper-Cuts in Modern China : The Search for Modernity, Cultural Tradition, and Women's Liberation
Narrative Battle : Fabricating Folk Paper-Cutting as an Intangible Heritage
Traditional Revival with Socialist Characteristics : Propaganda Storytelling Turned into Spiritual Service
Folk Cultural Production with Danwei Characteristics : Folk Storytelling and Public Relations Activities
Spirit Cults in Yan'an : Surrogate Rural Subjectivity in the Urbanizing Rural
The final destination of the Long March and center of the Chinese Communist Party's red bases, Yan'an acquired mythical status during the Maoist era. Though the city's significance as an emblem of revolutionary heroism has faded, today's Chinese still glorify Yan'an as a sanctuary for ancient cultural traditions. Ka-ming Wu's ethnographic account of contemporary Yan'an documents how people have reworked the revival of three rural practices--paper-cutting, folk storytelling, and spirit cults--within (and beyond) the socialist legacy. Moving beyond dominant views of Yan'an folk culture as a tool of revolution or object of market reform, Wu reveals how cultural traditions become battlegrounds where conflicts among the state, market forces, and intellectuals in search of an authentic China play out. At the same time, she shows these emerging new dynamics in the light of the ways rural residents make sense of rapid social change. Alive with details, Reinventing Chinese Tradition is an in-depth, eye-opening study of an evolving culture and society within contemporary China. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Part One. The first republic : the Republic of China
1911 : how the last dynasty crumbled and warlords took over
The first civil war between the Nationalist Party and the Communist Party
The Japanese invasion of China
The second civil war between the Nationalist Party and the Communist Party
Part Two. The second republic : the People's Republic of China
The establishment of the People's Republic of China
The massacre of reactionaries and the suppression of bandits
Communist rule in Tibet
The land reform movement and prostitution reform
The Korean War
The so-called Gao Gang & Rao Shushi Anti-Party Event
China's first five-year plan (1953-57)
So-called Three Red Banners
Soviet experts give technical assistance
The anti-rightist movement
Mao's goal to overtake England in 15 years
The meeting on Mt. Lu and Peng's letter
So-called Great Cultural Revolution.
Mr. Woo continues his history of China from 1911, when the Qing dynasty was overthrown after the death of Empress Dowager Cixi, to modern times: a tumultuous century that saw chaos and warlords, invasions, regime change, confiscation of property, and later a return to a mixed economy allowing some capitalist features. In fact, China now has over 100 billionaires - but many families lost everything along the way.
Book — 1 online resource (xv, 392 pages) : illustrations, maps. Digital: data file.
Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Maps; Introduction; 1 Rehearsing Revolution; 2 Teaching Revolution; 3 China's Little Moscow; 4 From Mobilization to Militarization; 5 Constructing a Revolutionary Tradition; 6 Mao's Final Crusade; 7 Reforming the Revolutionary Tradition; Conclusion; Notes; Glossary; A; B; C; D; F; G; H; J; K; L; I; M; N; P; S; T; W; X; Y; Z; Bibliography of English-Language Sources; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z.
How do we explain the surprising trajectory of the Chinese Communist revolution? Why has it taken such a different route from its Russian prototype? An answer, Elizabeth Perry suggests, lies in the Chinese Communists' creative development and deployment of cultural resources -- during their revolutionary rise to power and afterwards. Skillful "cultural positioning" and "cultural patronage, " on the part of Mao Zedong, his comrades and successors, helped to construct a polity in which a once alien Communist system came to be accepted as familiarly "Chinese." Perry traces this process through a case study of the Anyuan coal mine, a place where Mao and other early leaders of the Chinese Communist Party mobilized an influential labor movement at the beginning of their revolution, and whose history later became a touchstone of "political correctness" in the People's Republic of China. Once known as "China's Little Moscow, " Anyuan came over time to symbolize a distinctively Chinese revolutionary tradition. Yet the meanings of that tradition remain highly contested, as contemporary Chinese debate their revolutionary past in search of a new political future. (source: Nielsen Book Data)