Cogs and Wheels: The material culture of revolutionary China

Web resources

This page will list a growing number of resources on the material culture of revolutionary China, and related subjects, as I find them.  Until I get organised they are likely to remain unsorted/uncategorised; please bear with me!

Update:  I’ve started to order resources into categories.  More to be added…

Chinese Art and Design: General

Arts of Asia
The Asian Art & Antiques Magazine

China Art Current
A virtual museum

Chinese Arts Centre
The UK Agency for Chinese Arts, Culture and Creativity

Don’t Believe the Hype About Chinese Art
Article questioning the current vogue for contemporary Chinese art

Cultural Revolution: Historiographical resources

Special Collections and Archives Chinese Cultural Revolution Pamphlet Collection

Songs of the Cultural Revolution
MP3s of revolutionary songs

Chinese Revolutionary Art and Design

Morning Sun
Documentary shown by the BBC as part of the Storyville series (BBC 4)

Morning Sun
Website of the documentary

China Posters Online
Virtual exhibition of propaganda posters from the University of Westminster’s collection

Stefan Landsberger’s Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages
Online resource
Information and online shop

Mao Badge (in the collection of the British Museum)
Information from COMPASS

Art and Politics in Maoist China
Information about documentary posted on H-Asia Network

Chairman Mao Zedong Badges and Ephemera

Political Graphics

Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)
Organisation website

Power to the Paper: An Interview With Carol Wells
Director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)

Images of Asia (and China)

Asia Through a Glass Darkly:  Stereotypes of Asians in Western Literature
Essay from the Asia House website

Communism: General resources

World’s last museum devoted to Lenin
In Tampere, Finland.

Marxists Internet Archive
Online resources

Museum of Communism (Prague)
Museum website


A Critical Assessment of Jung Chang and Jon Hallidays’ Biography Mao: the unknown story
From the University of California, San Diego website

Asia House
Organisation’s website (currently under construction)

Confucius on Radio 3
Series of radio programmes broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in 2006

British Association for Chinese Studies
Organisation homepage
A searchable web-based database

Great Britain China Centre
Organisation homepage

Guardian Unlimited Special Reports: China
A constantly updated minisite comprised of articles related to China, as they appear in The Guardian newspaper

MOCA:  Museum of the Chinese in the Americas
Museum website

MCLC Resource Center
Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Resource Center

Museum of Communism
Online virtual collection of resources (not related to Museum of Communism in Prague)

Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times
Website accompanying physical exhibition held at the Burke Museum, 2002

SACU:  Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding
Organisation website

Official mascots of the 2008 Olympics
From the 2008 Beijing Olympics official website

Bibliography of Contemporary Chinese Art
Extensive bibliographies of texts published on contemporary Chinese art, weighted to the late twentieth century

UCSD Chinese History Research Site
Website maintained by grad students based in the Modern Chinese History programme at the University of California, San Diego

Twentieth-Century China
Website of the journal published by The Ohio State University Press

V&A:  Asia Links
List of museums with significant Asian holdings

V&A: Chinese Art Post-1949
Comprehensive bibliography

Virtual Museum of the Cultural Revolution
Online resources

Wade-Giles Romanization, a reading guide
Intro to Wade-Giles

Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Journal website with sample articles online

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Organisation website

Century Online China Art Networks
Resources on art & design during the Cultural Revolution

China and Europe – 1500-2000 and Beyond: What is “Modern”?
Asian Topics in World History Resource Pages produced by Columbia University

Chinese Art Books and Articles
On Questia

Driving Mrs Mao’s Car
Article by Ron Gluckman

Online Etymology Dictionary
Entry for ‘orient’

Hong Kong Garden (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Wikipedia entry



  1. I love the film Morning Sun, and am hoping the DVD will be available soon. Had cried like a baby at one point, sigh.

    Comment by w — April 9, 2007 @ 4:06 am

  2. Ah! But it is! You need to contact the distributor for the country you’re in to purchase a copy ‘though. You can find their contact details on the ‘Morning Sun’ official website (link above). 🙂

    Comment by amyjaneb — April 9, 2007 @ 9:14 am

  3. = Cultrual Revolution Primary Sources. Lin Biao, Jiang Qing, Chen Boda, Qi Benyu, etc.

    Comment by monkeysmashesheaven — July 12, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

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