In the Red: On Contemporary Chinese Culture
By: Geremie Barme (author)Hardback
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China, Geremie R. Barm notes, has become one of the greatest writing and publishing nations on the planet, and both cultural activists and the state are embroiled in debates about the production and distribution of its cultural products. But what happens when global culture and Chinese capitalist-socialism meet in the marketplace? In the Redinvestigates what goes on behind the rhetoric of the official Chinese government and the dissident community and provides a unique perspective on mainstream Western perceptions of cultural developments, artistic freedom, and popular lifestyles in China today. Illustrated with fascinating cartoons and photographs and rich with facts, anecdotes, and events, In the Red exposes the complex relationship between "official" culture (produced, supported, or sanctioned by the government) and "nonofficial" or countercultures (especially among urban youths and dissidents). Two key and contrasting events loom large in this narrative: the 1989 protests that ended with the June 4 massacre and a nationwide purge, and Deng Xiaoping's 1992 "tour of the south," in which he emphasized the need for radical economic reform.
Although a level of political tolerance has evolved since the 1970s, Barm sheds light on the significance of the intermittent denunciations of artists, ideas, and works.
Geremie R.Barm is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. He is the author of Shades of Mao: The Posthumous Career of a Great Leader and the editor of several books, including (with Linda Jaivin) New Ghosts. Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices and (with John Minford) Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience. He has also translated two volumes of Chinese essays and was a coauthor of and advisor for the documentary film The Gate of Heavenly Peace.
Introduction: A Culture in the Red1: The Chinese Velvet Prison2: An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove3: Traveling Heavy4: The Apotheosis of the Liumang5: The Graying of Chinese Culture6: Consuming t-shirts in Beijing7: Packaged Dissent8: Artful Marketing9: ccptm & Adcult prc10: To Screw Foreigners Is Patriotic11: Kowtowing to the Vulgar12: Totalitarian NostalgiaPostscript: Springtime in BeijingAppendix: Screw You, TooChinese GlossaryIndex
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