Sunday, May 16, 2010
Anti-American Art: A Courier's Appointed Rounds
This is the cover of a cultural-revolution-era Chinese picture book; the title, in beautiful caligraphy, has something to do I believe, with "Red Hero." Interpolating from the vivid paintings within, the plot seems to have something to do with a hero who cuts his teeth in the struggle against the Japanese during the Second World War and goes on to volunteer to stop the US invasion of Korea. Here in sweepingly heroic socialist inspirational style, our colorful hero bravely carries an important package through the smoke of war while dingey gray American soldiers cringe.