Cogs and Wheels: The material culture of revolutionary China

April 13, 2007

Red Guard for the ‘Nuts’ generation

From the Honolulu Star Bulletin:

“The revolution is not a dinner party,” said Mao Tse-tung. So to celebrate its exhibit of propaganda posters from China’s Cultural Revolution, last Wednesday the Pegge Hopper Gallery held a Proletarian Wine & Cheese party.

In the ’60s, Mao, his power slipping, unleashed the Cultural Revolution, plunging China into chaos. His main weapon: posters in which rosy-cheeked soldiers and peasants promised to “smash the dog heads of those who oppose Chairman Mao.”

The 100-plus posters were collected by retired businessman and teacher Dennis Keating, who spent 10 years in China. Keating dressed his fiancée, 23-year-old Sandy Yang from Guangzhou, in a miniskirt Red Guard outfit [my emphasis]. The two will marry in the gallery on the last day of the exhibit, April 21.

Unbelievable – I’m very nearly speechless!


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