Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Anti-American Art: Paper Tigers

"Exterminate the invaders! All reactionaries are paper tigers!" I'm thinking that's Soviet Leader Brezhnev, with reddened nose and heavy eyebrows, joining the equally red-nosed US soldier, as the object of this cartoonishly heroic Chinese soldier's bayonetted attention, in this Chinese poster dating from the early 1970s. Especially after a brief military confrontation with Russia along the remote Usuri River, Chinese propaganda rhetoric began to equate its two superpower enemies.

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