Monday, April 19, 2010

Anti-American Art: Biggest Protest Demo Ever

Here's another cultural revolution-era poster from China: "US Out of Indochina" is inscribed on the one English-language protest sign here. With my near-illiterate level knowledge of Chinese characters the overall title is one of those "Peoples of the World unite against US imperialism" themes. The usual united people are here at what is surely the biggest protest demonstration ever fantasized, somewhat hilariously the center position going to a militant Albanian (in the white shirt, red vest, and white kufi). As the post-Stalin Sino-Soviet split became more pronounced, leading to a brief military confrontation in the early 1970s, China increasingly boosted its one European ally, the Albanian People's Republic lead by Enver Hoxha, and so instantly-recognizable Albanians started popping up in the militant multi-cultural ranks.

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