Chinese Pamphlets

Man hua (no.15)
There is no revolution without propaganda, all kind of propaganda, which includes a lot of printed material, like posters and pamphlets. Propaganda, to be efficent, has be emphatic with it’s message, using strong colours, or powerful messages or, and, be visually attractive. It has to convince the people, persuade them to believe in their reality and do what they want.
The Chinese Pamphlets has several of examples a cartoon books, pamphlets, postcards and magazines used during the early years of the People’s Republic of China between 1947 and 1954:

on topics such as foreign threats to Chinese security, Chinese relations with the Soviet Union, industrial and agricultural production, and marriage reform, were produced by both Kuomintang (Nationalist) and Gongchantang (Communist) supporters.

Known as the “street literature” of the revolution, those materials were published in Hong Kong and in Mainland China and distributed to the population of the provincial cities and villages. Some of the books available on the site remind me comic strip books, maybe graphic novels. Don’t forget to take a look inside them. (via IWR Art)
Man hua (no.22) page 5

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3 Responses to Chinese Pamphlets

  1. andrew says:

    These days this stuff is for sale as tourist items in markets in most Chinese cities. You can get purses emblazoned with old propoganda textiles (apparently Cameron Diaz was rebuked in Peru for having one?)and buy posters of them. Anyway, my personal favorites are the Yang Ban Xi films which were 8 operas commissioned by Mao’s wife the documentary about them is totally amazing.
    Yang Ban Xi films:
    http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=319582

  2. Mark says:

    Terrific find and…(slightly off topic) really glad to see you back in business.

  3. Bibi says:

    Thanks for the comments guys! 🙂

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