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- DescriptionThis is the first comprehensive study of popular culture in twentieth-century China, and of its political impact during the Si-Japanese War of 1937-1945 (kwn in China as 'The War of Resistance against Japan'). Chang-tai Hung shows in compelling detail how Chinese resisters used a variety of popular cultural forms - especially dramas, cartoons, and newspapers - to reach out to the rural audience and galvanize support for the war cause. While the Nationalists used popular culture as a patriotic tool, the Communists refashioned it into a socialist propaganda instrument, creating lively symbols of peasant heroes and joyful images of village life under their rule. In the end, Hung argues, the Communists' use of popular culture contributed to their victory in revolution.
- Author BiographyChang-tai Hung is Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies at Carleton College, and the author of Going to the People: Chinese Intellectuals and Folk Literature, 1918-1937 (1985).
- Author(s)Chang-tai Hung
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication07/07/1994
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note50 b&w illustrations
- Weight522 g
- Width159 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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