Citizen Publications in China Before the Internet by Shao Jiang (auth.)

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Their activities of reading the posters and debating and exchanging ideas animated the space. The square was stretched and expanded when the posters were copied and mimeographed as leaff lets, which were further circulated to a much wider audience all over the country. The square provided a platform for people to meet strangers and saw strangers become friends as private communications on public affairs became public communication by the process of questioning, debating, and reflecting ideas. Even on the occasions when the square was occupied by the authorities (who held “struggle sessions” to attack poster-writers), the students managed to turn such sessions into public debates.

How were the magazines produced and circulated? What was their readership? How were they related to other unofficial media such as dazibao (big-character posters)? What role did they play in social movements? How did they interact with the official institutions? Were these magazines limited by their historical time and physical location? How did they survive repression and censorship? What was the fate of the key individual editors and writers? With this in mind, the subsequent chapters address the chosen minkan as an important form of resistance and explore their agenda and their spirit of political independence.

Since 1985, GAPP has been reestablished. See Xinhua Yubao 1949, 1954, 1987 and He Qinglian’s book, 2006. 16 In a totalitarian system, propaganda and censorship create a situation where people cannot form any independent and collective consciousness as citizens. The CCP carried out continuous campaigns designed to force people to make their very memories conform, in terms of what to forget and what to remember. That is, to forget any accounts of civil resistance and citizens’ consciousness, while at all times remembering the current official ideology.

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