In the Red: On Contemporary Chinese Cultureby Geremie R. Barme
China, Geremie R. Barmé notes, has become one of the greatest writing and publishing nations on the planet, and both cultural activists and the state are embroiled in debates about the production and distribution of its cultural products. But what happens when global culture and Chinese capitalist-socialism meet in the marketplace? In the
China, Geremie R. Barmé notes, has become one of the greatest writing and publishing nations on the planet, and both cultural activists and the state are embroiled in debates about the production and distribution of its cultural products. But what happens when global culture and Chinese capitalist-socialism meet in the marketplace? In the Redinvestigates what goes on behind the rhetoric of the official Chinese government and the dissident community and provides a unique perspective on mainstream Western perceptions of cultural developments, artistic freedom, and popular lifestyles in China today.
Illustrated with fascinating cartoons and photographs and rich with facts, anecdotes, and events, In the Red exposes the complex relationship between "official" culture (produced, supported, or sanctioned by the government) and "nonofficial" or countercultures (especially among urban youths and dissidents). Two key and contrasting events loom large in this narrative: the 1989 protests that ended with the June 4 massacre and a nationwide purge, and Deng Xiaoping's 1992 "tour of the south," in which he emphasized the need for radical economic reform. Although a level of political tolerance has evolved since the 1970s, Barmé sheds light on the significance of the intermittent denunciations of artists, ideas, and works.
Nicholas D. Kristof
- Columbia University Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.15(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
What People are Saying About This
The virtuoso interpreter of contemporary Chinese culture, Barmé has skillfully and entertainingly traced the shifting battle lines between the Chinese authorities, who waiver between repression and co-optation, and China's intellectuals and artists.... Barmé's insightful analysis deserves the attention not just of connoisseurs of Chinese literature and arts but of all who have an interest in fathoming where China is headed.
Lucian W. Pye, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
author of The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communism
Meet the Author
Geremie R.Barmé is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. He is the author of Shades of Mao: The Posthumous Career of a Great Leader and the editor of several books, including (with Linda Jaivin) New Ghosts. Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices and (with John Minford) Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience. He has also translated two volumes of Chinese essays and was a coauthor of and advisor for the documentary film The Gate of Heavenly Peace.
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