Miscellaneous Journal #3 – Three Visits to a Thatched Cottage

No matter how quickly China races to some undefined goal of progress, I don’t think it will ever lose sight of its cultural heritage. The afternoon of my last Tuesday in Beijing, I went to Maliandao Tea Market to bring back some souvenirs for my family and myself. Inside a blank, gray, industrial highrise, I […]

Miscellaneous Journal #2 – The Inner Mongolian Steppe

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The Mongolian Steppe Over the course of my stay in Beijing, I feel like I have become more and more assimilated into an increasingly drab urban life. Every morning, when I check the weather, I look out the window and am pleasantly shocked if I can see more than a hundred feet out of my […]

Miscellaneous Journal #1 – Buddhist Temples

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The Temple of Heaven During my stay in China, I’ve had the opportunity to visit many temples, and was shocked by the temples’ stylistic similarities. Each temple, especially the Buddhist temples, tended to guide the worshiper through a series of increasingly elaborate halls, alternating with vast courtyards, culminating in a shrine to that particular shrine’s […]

The Role of Museums in Defining Propaganda

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Introduction Before coming to China, my understanding of the Communist Party’s record of information and media control suggested that Beijing’s museums, a key venue through which the party’s spin on historical information would be disseminated, would exclusively keep in line with party doctrine, especially in representing controversial events in the Communist Party’s history. Further, I […]

Blog Post 2: Controversial Topics in Inner Mongolia

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    Last weekend, our study abroad program took a trip to Inner Mongolia to tour Hohhot and the grassland. While in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia’s capitol, we had the opportunity to visit two museums, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Museum and the Governor’s residence. Although both museums, like many others, tended to avoid the sort […]

Blog Post 1: Propoganda’s inherent Contradictions

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  For my fieldwork research project, I chose to examine how the Chinese government presents information about politically controversial topics through museums, and how museum goers interact with this information. I chose my field site due to China’s oft-criticized censorship program, which creates voids of information about events such as the great leap forward that […]

Controversy in Museums

For my research project, I intend to research the portrayal of controversial topics in Beijing’s museums. Museums serve as a locus of academia and the public, and are one of if the primary means of dispersing information to the masses. As such, museums, especially those run by the state in a statist country such as […]

Ai Wei Wei

When looking into museums in China with an intent to compare and contrast them to American museums, I decided the most interesting point of comparison would be the handling and display of politically sensitive exhibitions. In China, two of the most politically sensitive issues are the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and the Communist regime, and […]

Foreign Art Censored

According to Newstrack India, an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s paintings scheduled to be displayed in Beijing has been forbidden to display eight paintings of Chairman Mao. The article cites political reasons, quoting the museum director as saying that “certain images can still not be shown in China”. Despite similar, pop focused images of Chairman Mao […]

Fieldwork Plan

Recently, China is constantly held up as the pinnacle of modernization, with seemingly every story obsessing about technology, development, a new highrise or a new economic breakthrough. As wonderful as modern technology is, today’s modern China seems bent on glossing over almost four thousand years of rich cultural history. Although China’s official party line is […]