Synthesis of Keyword Sources

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Jason Lau Synthesis of Keyword Sources 3/27/12 The People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949 by Chairman Mao Zedong. As a communist nation, media was always heavily controlled by the government. Images and photographs were heavily dominated by propaganda. Photographs served the purpose of depicting themes and subjects that supported the government and socialist values. Even today, photographs and other media are still heavily censored by the Chinese government but to a much lesser degree. Photography in China has settled into its role and has very specific, defined purposes. Many authors have discussed the ways in which photography is used in China. While Braester focuses on the way that photography in China forms a relationship between the individual and the political ideology, the other sources focus on the different standards for portrayal in America and China. Yomi Braester in his two pieces, Painting the Red City and “Photography at Tiananmen”, argues that photography in socialist China is used as a bridge between the Chinese socialist ideology and the individual. Although both sources are by the same author, they differ in their propositions. The first piece discusses the role of propaganda film in transforming Tiananmen Square into an eternal symbol of Chinese socialism. The second piece draws from the first one and mainly discusses the how photography creates a framework that encompasses the Chinese socialist ideology and the individual. However, both of these pieces rely on many of the same examples and pieces of evidence. Both sources discuss the film The Birth of a Nation and the example of Tiananmen Square in order to ground their arguments. They also rely on the premise that Tiananmen Square was transformed into an icon of revolution through film; photography served as a means of making these revolutionary feelings accessible to individual people. In “Photography at Tiananmen”, Braester adds upon this premise and notes how regular people photograph themselves at Tiananmen Square in order to establish a connection with what Tiananmen Square represents. In both pieces, Braester heavily emphasizes the power of photography in shaping relationships between the subject and the prevailing values that are associated with the subject. People in China use photography to express revolutionary feelings. Photography and filmography has also been used to glorify objects, as seen in the Tiananmen
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2012 for the course WRIT 039 taught by Professor Stein during the Spring '08 term at UPenn.

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