Monday, June 10, 2013

New on-line database: Enemy of the People - Visual Depictions of Chiang Kai-shek

Announcement from H-ASIA:

The 'Enemy of the People' database has recently been established by Dr Jeremy E. Taylor at the University of Nottingham, and has been designed to catalogue the ways in which the Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek was visually denigrated by various groups at different points throughout the twentieth century. It includes scans of a wide range of depictions of Chiang by groups as diverse as the Imperial Japanese Army, communist Chinese cartoonists, Soviet propagandists, American caricaturists, and Taiwanese independence activists. Posters, leaflets, and oil paintings, as well as photographic images of effigies and defaced sculptures, are all included. The database also includes a background essay on the collection, and information on selected images.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the database has been designed to aid students, scholars, and anyone else with an interest in the depiction of Chinese (and other) leaders, propaganda art, and visual history. It is hoped that the collection will prove to be of relevance not only to those with an interest in Chiang Kai-shek, but to anyone with an interest in the depiction of authoritarian leaders in Asia and beyond.

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