MIT Visualizing Cultures
MIT Visualizing Cultures
On viewing images of a potentially disturbing nature: click here.
Creative Commons - some rights reserved
Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2011 Visualizing Cultures
MIT Visualizing CulturesMenu
MIT Visualizing Cultures
Tweet
China's Modern Sketch I
Units
Essay
MIT Visualizing Cultures MIT Visualizing Cultures MIT Visualizing Cultures MIT Visualizing Cultures MIT Visualizing Cultures MIT Visualizing Cultures MIT Visualizing Cultures MIT Visualizing Cultures MIT Visualizing Cultures MIT Visualizing Cultures
Ye Qianyu
“Negotiating for Compensation”

December 1934 [ms12_000_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
Lu Zhixiang
Businessman A: The goods are all in stock. Just take your pick.
Businessman B: I do believe I’ll have to try each one out first.


December 1934 [ms12_020_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
Dou Zonggan
“As if Confronting a Mortal Foe”

January 1936 [ms25_010_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
The Modern Cartoon Society
“The Typical Chinese Person”

January 1936 [ms25_020_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
Lu Shaofei
“Opening Up a New Era”

July 1936 [ms28_000_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
Zhang Ding
“Spring Plowing”

January 1937 [ms34_011_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
Chen Juanyin
“The Old Opera Musician”
(Singing): Father’s and sons...

January 1937 [ms34_044_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
Dou Zonggan
“Don’t arrest my driver, just take my card!”

March 1937 [ms36_000_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
Dai Lian
“The Grand Office of Government is Open”

March 1937 [ms36_025_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
Zhang Ding
“Victims of Famine Lie Dead in the Wilderness
(The Scenery of Central Sichuan)”

April 1937 [ms37_000_ModernSketch]

MIT Visualizing Cultures
Nine Thematic Visual Narratives

4. Exploitation & Oppression

Many cartoonists felt compelled to expose the suffering and injustice that the strong inflicted on the weak in a society riven by uneven distribution of wealth and power. The issues they represented—construction site accidents, corrupt officials, degradation of women, and the hard lot of the poor in the city and the country—were as alive in the minds of Chinese then as now: all part of the never-ending feast of big fish on little fish that haunts the dark underside of modernity.
MIT Visualizing Cultures VC Units MIT Visualizing Cultures About VC VC Scholars Partner Institutions Outreach Events Contact Join Us Follow Us Units Icon View Text View Curriculae Visual Narratives City Life Modern Girl Modern Boy Eroticized Women Exploitation & Oppression Politics & Corruption The New World Dis-Order The Japanese Menace Modern Grotesque A Child Prostitute’s Life China's Modern Sketch II The Golden Age of Cartoon Art Image Galleries