Separated by 30 years of rapid economic growth, the divergent aesthetics of two Chinese documentaries River Elegy (Heshang, 1988) and Amazing China (Lihaile, wode guo, 2018) merit a comparative cross-inquiry. While River Elegy expressed a younger generation’s admiration for the azure Western culture with its overseas expeditions and scientific ingenuity, Amazing China turns the tables, and in its depiction of the People’s Republic as a maritime empire celebrates the sheer power of nationalized technology. The comparison provides yet another, contemporary example of the startling flexibility with which the party-state avails itself of subversive imageries at the expense of their own creators.
|Title of host publication||China and the world : language, culture, politics : papers from the International conference, jointly organized by the Department of Sinology at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and the Department of China Studies at Xi'an Jiantong – Liverpool University, 12–13 December 2019|
|Editors||Alexander ALEXIEV, Pawel ZYGADLO|
|Publisher||St. Kliment Ohridski University Press|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- River Elegy