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Teaching China’s Cultural Revolution through Film: Blue Kite as a Case Study

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Jin Feng

Grinnell College
About Jin
Jin Feng (Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures) is Associate Professor of Chinese at Grinnell College. She is the author of The Making of a Family Saga: Ginling College (1915-1952) (SUNY Press, 2009) and The New Woman in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Fiction (Purdue UP, 2004), and the translator of Chen Hengzhe’s Autobiography of a Chinese Young Girl (Anhui Education, 2006). She is currently researching and writing on Web-based popular Chinese fiction.
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Abstract

“The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” (1966-76), or Wenge, as it is referred to in its condensed Chinese equivalent, represents a collective trauma for the Chinese nation and people in the twentieth century. However, compared with more amply researched and lucidly presented parts of modern Chinese history in English language scholarship outside China, its ambiguity, complexity, and political sensitiveness all make this period more elusive and harder to grapple with for scholars and teachers of Chinese history and culture. Within China, although more diverse historical narratives about this period have emerged in recent years, the Cultural Revolution is still barely mentioned in standard high school history textbooks even today.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.185
How to Cite: Feng, J., (2011). Teaching China’s Cultural Revolution through Film: Blue Kite as a Case Study. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. 18(2), pp.46–61. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.185
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Published on 01 Apr 2011.
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