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Reinventing Chinese Tradition: The Cultural Politics of Late Socialism

Ka-ming Wu


The final destination of the Long March and center of the Chinese Communist Party's red bases, Yan'an acquired mythical status during the Maoist era. Though the city's significance as an emblem of revolutionary heroism has faded, today's Chinese still glorify Yan'an as a sanctuary for ancient cultural traditions. The book examines the relation between the government and local communities for heritage preservation and cultural tourism in the age of runaway urbanization by focusing on the moments of mobilizing and representing folk traditions in both socialist and late socialist Yan'an. This eth ... More

Keywords: spirit cults, Long March, Chinese Communist Party, Yan'an, Maoist era, ancient cultural tradition, paper-cutting, storytelling, folk culture, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039881
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039881.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ka-ming Wu, author
Chinese University of Hong Kong