01.25.09

Chinese New Year, in all it’s Glory

Posted in Local Customs at 4:05 pm by Benjamin Ross

There may be no other moment in time in which the sheer madness of the environment eclipses that of the Chinese New Year.  For during this brief moment (and by brief moment I am also including the half hour before and after midnight), the Chinese landscape erupts in barrage of explosions, which bears semblance to a large scale all-out ground and aerial assault. With fireworks exploding from every direction, the moment is like no other as 1.3 billion people (minus several minority groups who don’t celebrate it) ring in the new year.

There is a common word in Chinese, 热闹 (re4 nao3), which has no exact English translation. It can be used as both noun and verb refers to hustling, bustling, and noise all about, only with a positive connotation, as opposed to a negative one which most English translations for 热闹 imply.  At no other moment is this adjective more appropriate as when the Chinese New Year arrives.  Two years ago, when I was still living in Fuzhou, I shot this video in order to capture the 热闹 at the stroke of midnight.  I’ve often marveled at the fact that if you didn’t know it was fireworks, you might think it was a battleground scene.  Think I could sell this to some tabloids?

The video can be viewed here.

By the way, the reason I didn’t embed the video directly into this post is that whenever I copy and paste the code from Youtube into WordPress, WordPress’s handly little Rich Text Editor decides to modify it so that the video will not display.  I have already disabled the Rich Text Editor in my wordpress settings, yet it continues modifying my code.  If anybody has experienced similar problems and knows how to solve this, please send me a personal e-mail at bensinchina at yahoo dott com.  Thanks.


 

01.17.09

Cultural Revolution Propaganda Part 3

Posted in Society, Translations at 10:55 am by Benjamin Ross

Here is the next batch of propaganda posters. I’m going to try to get the remainder up by the end of next week.

The regime will come from the gun
The regime will come out of the gun
The Selected Works of Mao Zedong
The Selected Works of Mao Zedong
Take over the fight, fight till the end.
Take over the fight, fight till the end.
note:  “fight” in this sense is through words.
Grasp the Revolution, Promote Production, Promote Work, Promote Combat Readiness
Grasp the Revolution, Promote Production, Promote Work, Promote Combat Readiness
the Selected works of mao zedong
The Selected Works of Mao Zedong
Be Ready for Combat, the Enemy Must be Annihilated
defend stalingrad soviet union world war II memorial poster
DEFEND STALINGRAD
Injuries are man’s medal of honor
Soviet Union World War II memorial poster

note:  I am assuming the Chinese is a translation of the Russian.  If anybody can confirm (or deny) this, that would be great.

Proletariat, Unite!  Workers, Peasants, Soldiers, Unite!  We must Liberate Taiwan
Proletariat, Unite!  Workers, Peasants, Soldiers, Unite!  We must Liberate Taiwan
Far and Wide, the Prospects are Endless
Far and Wide, the Prospects are Endless
Great teacher, Great commander, Great leader, Great Helmsman, Long Live Chairman Mao.  Long Long Live (Chairman Mao), Long Long Live (Chairman Mao)
Great teacher, Great commander, Great leader, Great Helmsman, Long Live Chairman Mao.  Long Long Live (Chairman Mao), Long Long Live (Chairman Mao)

 

01.05.09

Cultural Revolution Propaganda Part 2

Posted in Society, Translations at 12:36 am by Benjamin Ross

Here’s the next batch of posters.  I’ll have more up as I get them scanned and translated.  Corrections welcome.

Long Live the invincible Marxism, Leninism, and Mao Zedong Thought!
Long Live the invincible Marxism, Leninism, and Mao Zedong Thought!
The Red Army does not fear difficult expeditions
The Red Army does not fear difficult expeditions.
Carry out in depth the Revolution’s Mass Criticism! Everything will come out
Carry out in depth the Revolution’s Mass Criticism! Everything will come out.
Soldiers and civilians unite as one, view the world and see who is the enemy.
Soldiers and civilians unite as one, view the world and see who is the enemy.
Long Live and victory to Chairman Mao revolutionary literature and art!
Long Live and victory to Chairman Mao’s revolutionary literature and art!
Carry out life, studies, and speech using the Mao Zedong Thought of the masses
Carry out life, studies, and speech using the Mao Zedong Thought of the masses.
Navigating the sea is dependent on the Helmsman Lin Biao
Navigating the sea is dependent on the Helmsman.
Revolution is dependent on Mao Zedong Thought.
Lin Biao 11/29/67
Be vigilant, defend the Motherland!  Prepare to annihilate the enemy’s invasion!
Be vigilant, defend the Motherland!  Prepare to annihilate the enemy’s invasion!
Forward and Victory with Chairman Mao’s Revolutionary Path
Forward and Victory with Chairman Mao’s Revolutionary Path.
Unite!  We must liberate Taiwan.
Unite!  We must liberate Taiwan.

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