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The Art of Cloning: Creative Production During China's Cultural Revolution


Author(s):
PANG Laikwan
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication:
1/2017
Languages:
English
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN/SKU:
9781784785208
Pages:
256
Sizes:
235 x 156mm
Weight:
0.3670
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In the 1950s, a French journalist joked that the Chinese were 'blue ants under the red flag,' dressing identically and even marching in an identical fashion. When the Cultural Revolution officially began, this uniformity seemed to extend to the mind. From the outside, this was a monotonous world, full of repetitions and imitation, but a closer look reveals a range of cultural experiences, which also provided individuals with an obscure sense of freedom. In The Art of Cloning, Pang Laikwan examines this period in Chinese history when ordinary citizens read widely, travelled extensively through the country, and engaged in a range of cultural and artistic activities. The freedom they experienced, argues Pang, differs from the freedom, under Western capitalism, to express individuality through a range of consumer products. However, it was far from boring, and filled with its own kind of diversity.
Pang Laikwan is a Professor of Cultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and author of Creativity and Its Discontents.