Sound Souvenirs in China: On Cultural Politics, Memory and Musical Continuities –
Torsdag d. 21. april med forårets sidste foredrag, hvor professor i Kinesiske Studier ved Aarhus Universitet Andreas Steen fortæller om moderne kinesisk historie og kultur. – – OBS..! foredraget er på engelsk – –
Music has always played an important role in Cina, not only for rituals and entertainment, but also in education and politics. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the latter two functions have officially become central to music and cultural production.
This presentation focuses on the history of two well-known and distinctive wartime songs: The popular film song “Rose, Rose I love you” (Meigui, meigui wo ai ni), composed and recorded 1940 in cosmopolitan Shanghai, and the revolutionary folksong “The East is Red” (Dongfang hong), written in 1942 by a peasant in the Communist occupied area around Yan’an. Created at politically and geographical different places and representing different ideologies, the songs’ future depended on the cultural policy of the People’s Republic of China: one was banned, while the other was recorded and promoted to celebrate Mao Zedong and his revolutionary achievements. In China’s post-revolutionary and nostalgic music sphere of the 1990s, both songs began to appear side-by-side in record stores. Today, they exist in various music styles, and continue to circulate as sound souvenirs in different cultural settings.
By contrasting the history of both songs from the 1940s until today, the presentation provides insight into the sensitive and complex relationship between politics, music, and cultural memory in China.
Andreas Steen is Professor in China Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests focus on various aspects of modern Chinese history and culture.
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