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Evening Chats with Perry Link: "Shunkouliu 'Slippery Jingles'"

09. Jan 2019 18:00 Uhr bis 20:00 Uhr
Veranstalter: Barbara Mittler, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies
Institute of Chinese Studies, Room 208


Taking the Pulse of Popular Chinese Thought in the 1990s”


In the 1990s, after the June Fourth massacre of 1989, it was much more difficult than it had been in the 1980s to express political or social criticism in public.  Later it became possible to register criticisms on the Internet, but for the decade 1990 to 2000 the main media for socially-critical expression were shunkouliu 顺口溜, which were rhythmical, often rhymed, jokes about corruption, inequality, bullying, sexual excess, and other vices, usually among the powerful.  Like jokes in the West, they were passed around authorlessly, but some of them spread nationwide, and the central government had an office that collected and analyzed them as a way to understand authentic popular opinion.

Why Evening Chats?  

Chinese intellectuals have a traditional duty, for which there is no equivalent in the West: to worry, to “take responsibility for all under heaven,” to argue the question “What can we do with China?” In his 1992 classic Evening Chats in Beijing, an “utterly absorbing gem of a book” (Library Journal), Perry Link conveys the worries besetting China’s most prominent writers, journalists, scientists, professors, and contentious officials. Link creates “an invaluable opening onto China’s best and brightest hearts and minds” (Kirkus Reviews), allowing the Chinese themselves to tell us what happened in Beijing throughout the Cultural Fever. Now that Perry Link will be in Heidelberg, he is letting us in on his readings of Chinese intellectual fervours and the possibilities of thinking across borders. He will offer a series of interactive lectures where colleagues and students are to take an active part. 


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