The third installation in CDT’s series of international Women’s Day protest art focuses on public banners and other artwork. Many of the banners come from college campuses, where some male students have invented a March 7...
Dec 13, 2021
On November 27, Kiwi Chow Kwun-wai’s “Revolution of Our Times” was crowned best documentary film at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival. The award provided a moment of celebration for the film’s subjects, the millions of Hong...
Hong Kong NSL Censorship Roundup: Speech Crimes, Retroactive Film Censorship, Muted Marathoners, and More
Oct 27, 2021
On Monday, Adam Ma Chun-man became the second person convicted under Hong Kong’s National Security Law (NSL), and the first person convicted under the law for nonviolent acts of speech. Charged with inciting secession, he faces...
Oct 14, 2020
Xi Jinping’s speech on the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone—the first of China’s market reform policy SEZs—outlined his vision for an increasingly domestically-oriented economy, better able...
Dec 20, 2013
At The New York Times, Murong Xuecun examines a new wave of Chinese propaganda slogans, with...
Oct 26, 2009
Famed investigative journalist Wang Keqin recently traveled to Henan to look at the AIDS situation there, and ended up taking several photos of propaganda slogans against “上访,” or petitioning higher authorities....
Oct 4, 2009
From Hong Kong’s Ming Pao, translated by CDT: China is a country of slogans. And during significant festivals or celebrations, official slogans are often promoted. Last weekend, the general office of the CPC and the State...
Dec 27, 2007
From Chinese BBS txrjy.com: The photo is taken in front of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) branch at Shiyan city, Hubei province. The top banner (from the bank): Creating A Peaceful Work Unit, Constructing a Harmonious Bank The lower banner (from the demonstrators): I Gave the Bank My Youth, The Bank Grew […]
Nov 29, 2007
In China, slogans in public spaces are one of the ways local or central government communicate their polices to people. Mocking these slogans are a favorite political sport on the Chinese Internet. Here are some examples collected by netizens, translated by EastSouthWestNorth: “Three represents” ‚Ä®
Nov 16, 2007
“Expertly Fixing American Aircraft Carrier”
Oct 13, 2007
In the International Herald Tribune, Howard French writes about how preparations for the 17th Party Congress demonstrate that the Chinese government still operates according to its old rules: Much has been made lately about China’s global role as an emerging power of the first order. China’s rise is pregnant with a big question that can […]
Oct 7, 2007
“One World, One Dream” is the official slogan of the 2008 Olympics and can be seen everywhere in Beijng. There are other lesser known slogans that foreign guests may not see. For example, the above photo taken in a back street in Beijing emerged recently in the Chinese blogosphere. Those political slogan banners are often […]
Sep 20, 2007
China Media Project analyses the recent Party lexicon to deduce the likely content of Hu Jintao’s political report to the 17th Party Congress: Reports to the Party Congress are always a vehicle for top leaders to set out their political principles. Promoted loudly by state-run media after Congresses, political reports are also a form of […]
Sep 7, 2007
Reuters writes about the slogans that define a leader: Within a year of Hu taking power in 2002, the “scientific concept of development” began working its way into official pronouncements and the phrase “harmonious society” popped up on every banner from Beijing to Buddhist Tibet. With a five-yearly party congress due to open in October […]
Aug 5, 2007
In addition to distributing a list of slogans that promote China’s one-child policy, officials have banned what they deem to be “offensive” birth control slogans. From the Boston Globe: China has banned crude and insensitive slogans promoting the country’s ‘one-child’ family planning policy, such as “Raise fewer babies but more piggies,” which have stoked anger […]
Aug 4, 2007
China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission has just released a list of new slogans that are recommended for local branches to use. This is a recent effort of the agency to clean up out-dated slogans used across the country, some of which may contain barbaric connotations or at least run against the “putting people […]
May 22, 2007
From Asia Times Online: Throughout his life, the late Chairman Mao Zedong attached great importance to propaganda. “Power comes out of the barrel of a gun” is probably one of his best-known quotations. But it was also his idea that led to both the gun and the pen becoming indispensable weapons in the Chinese Communist […]
Apr 30, 2007
From Danwei blog: In China, you will see slogans every day and everywhere. Not only is this a tradition with a long history, it is a trend that has remained popular, particularly in the red and crazy 1950s – 1970s…. ÊôÆÂèä‰∏ÄËÉéÔºåÊéßÂà∂‰∫åËÉéÔºåÊ∂àÁÅ≠‰∏âËÉé„ÄÇ Popularize the first child, control the second child, exterminate the third child. This is […]
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