Friday March 13Updated: Friday March 13 Jeffrey Wasserstrom When Time Out decided to search for the best Chinese books sincewe called in the experts:
A Global Historya collection of essays seeking to understand the Little Red Book as a global phenomenon.
The Little Red Book responded to the deepest anxieties of the postwar period: This was a generational phenomenon, but it also spoke to the shared, transcendent, existential fear of nuclear annihilation.
The Little Red Book represented a rejection of the Cold War, and even more than that a rejection of the technological subjugation of humanity in the era of mass production.
Needless to say, there are many bitter ironies in this story. Click here to subscribe for full access. How was the book disseminated in China and why did it die out? Its small size and rugged, waterproof cover were designed to fit the breast pocket of an army uniform.
Since young people were encouraged to look at the military for role models, they started to carry the book, as well.
At the height of the Cultural Revolution, the book was a must-have accessory to demonstrate loyalty to the regime. Printing copies for nearly a billion people, China faced an acute paper shortage! Then, quite incredibly, Lin Biao died in a plane crash, allegedly fleeing China after discovery of his plot to assassinate Mao.
Just like that, the Little Red Book was tainted by association. Despite his failings, there is still great reverence for the late leader. Also, late last year, we witnessed a new version of the little red book in bookstores throughout the country.
Is Mao finally coming back to life? If so, should the Party be worried? Mao is too central to the history of the party, the state, and the military to be completely buried without damaging the reputation of those powerful institutions. His embalmed body still lies in Tiananmen Square and his specter still haunts the political life of China.
For the present, though, the groups looking to Mao for inspiration — nostalgic politicians, the disenfranchised poor, university intellectuals, critics of globalization — are individually quite weak and seem to have little inclination to pull together.
How have they in turn appropriated Mao? This is a difficult question to answer in brief. In our essays we try to show some of the variety of ways that the Little Red Book has traveled.
It spoke broadly to the anxieties of a particular era, as I said. But also, in its physical form and its intellectual content, it was eminently flexible, portable, and quotable.
How did this book provide a meaningful context for the Afro-Asian radical movement in the US? This is a complicated question, and one that we deal with at length in the book.
Basically, the Little Red Book provided both a template for social organization and a symbolic connection to radical movements elsewhere in the world. Even though the resemblance between these struggles was sometimes only superficial, we should not underestimate this powerful sense of connectedness.
Is there a particular quote that resonates with you? I was born ina generation removed from the heyday of the Little Red Book.
Hopefully those who lived with the Little Red Book find my treatment rings true to their experience, but also adds a new layer of reflection and understanding.Nov 22, · The Asahi Shimbun is widely regarded for its journalism as the most respected daily newspaper in Japan.
The English version offers selected articles from the vernacular Asahi Shimbun. The four novels were highly influential in the development of vernacular works in Chinese literary history.
Traditionally, fiction and drama were not held in "high regard" in the Chinese or East Asian literary hierarchy, and they were generally not seen as true "literature" by scholars. Mao Zedong Essay Examples. 91 total results. A Description of the Chinese Economic Reform. 4, words. An Analysis of the Little Red Book Written By One of China's Most Influential Characters of the 20th Century.
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