By Ka-ming Wu

The ultimate vacation spot of the lengthy March and middle of the chinese language Communist Party's pink bases, Yan'an received legendary prestige in the course of the Maoist period. even though the city's importance as a logo of progressive heroism has pale, present day chinese language nonetheless glorify Yan'an as a sanctuary for historical cultural traditions. Ka-ming Wu's ethnographic account of latest Yan'an files how humans have transformed the revival of 3 rural practices--paper-cutting, folks storytelling, and spirit cults--within (and past) the socialist legacy. relocating past dominant perspectives of Yan'an folks tradition as a device of revolution or item of marketplace reform, Wu finds how cultural traditions develop into battlegrounds the place conflicts one of the country, industry forces, and intellectuals looking for an genuine China play out. even as, she exhibits those rising new dynamics within the mild of the methods rural citizens make feel of swift social swap. Alive with info, Reinventing chinese language culture is an in-depth, eye-opening examine of an evolving tradition and society inside of modern China.

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