梁锡鸿, 学大庆, 1970

This painting embodies  much of the spirit of Maoism, as it should, since Daqing was the great emblem of late Maoism, the great spirit that all other leading sectors of the economy should follow. So what was this spirit? As this image makes clear, it was polution aestheticized. It was the noxious area not as... Continue Reading →

The Chinese Red Cross takes an injured steel factory worker to the hospital in 1960

This laborer worked at Ma'anshan Steel in Anhui. This picture is striking, because a huge number of people died in Anhui during the Great Leap Famine, and 1960 was one of the worst years. This picture also raises questions about the practice of medicine during the Great Leap Famine. What did medical staff do during the famine?... Continue Reading →

That's what State friends are for, right? Gifting larger than life pictures of their dead founding father, who is part of your shared political lineage. Or, come to think of it, in this particular case, the painting is more of the consolation prize, given that it came on the heels of the Soviets pulling out all economic and... Continue Reading →

Trauma, Narrative, and the Absence of Closure

Trauma, Narrative, and the Absence of Closure By Covell Meyskens    In this paper, some of the relationships between trauma, bearing witness, healing, and narrative are articulated in light of the ideas of Brison, Laub, and Brown.             A traumatic event ruptures, if not utterly demolishes, one’s sense of self.  One loses one’s bearings in... Continue Reading →

Mass Gathering at Tiananmen to Mourn Stalin’s Passing, March 9, 1953

On March 6, 1953, the central government ordered everywhere in China to lower their flags to half mast from March 7th through the 9th. Every mine, factory, school, military unit, enterprise, and government office was not supposed to hold any banquets or recreational activities. On March 9th, all government offices from the county level on up... Continue Reading →

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