political slogans

Hexie Farm (蟹农场): The Chinese Patient

For his latest contribution to the Hexie Farm CDT series, cartoonist Crazy Crab depicts China as a dragon, ailing in a hospital. Three doctors hover around, giving advice, which echoes a line from President Xi Jinping: “We...

Evan Osnos: The High Bar of The New Chinese Dream

In an interview with Asia Society’s Dan Washburn, The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos gives his thoughts on the nature and implications of the “Chinese Dream”, “the first Chinese political slogan that makes...

Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Dream”: Dangers in Opacity

Every head of the post-Mao PRC  has risen to power with a personal slogan to characterize their leadership aspirations and establish their position in the ideological heritage of the CCP. Deng Xiaoping began the tradition with...

Catchy Family Planning Slogans

Offbeat China translates many harsh family planning slogans from rural areas, which were collected by Netease. The family planning policy, better known as the one-child policy, has been set as China’s basic state policy since...

Funny Rural Chinese Advertising & Depressing Propaganda

chinaSMACK has compiled and translated advertising posters and political slogans notable “for both their frankness and their humor”: From illegal petitions to promoting the One Child Policy, these slogans are often...

Be Forbearing And There Will Be Harmony

A sarcastic look out how Chinese officialdom is going about creating a harmonious society. From the New Observer (新观察) blog (translated by CDT): China Railway No. 11 Group Company reminds you to: Wait a bit and you’ll be...

Modern Chinese History in Words

Eswn has reprinted and translated a list (originally in Xinmin Zhoukan) of political terms and slogans found in the Chinese press at various times from 1949 through today. As Eswn writes: “Given the central role of the press as a propaganda tool in China, this is a measure of shifting political ideologies over time. ” The […]

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