Darren Byler is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, where he studies the aesthetics and politics of urban life in Chinese Central Asia. His writing has appeared in Guernica, Time, the Economist, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications.
‘Shaken Authority’: Party-speak, propaganda, and the Sichuan earthquake of 2008
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Christian Sorace, assistant professor of political science at Colorado College. The three discuss his book, Shaken Authority: China’s Communist Party and the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, which analyzes the ways the Communist Party uses rhetoric to serve its interests, the consequences of this endeavor for the region […]
A worker waters the flowers and plants in front of the local government building in Qingdao, Shandong Province, on the October 1 National Day. In the background, the Chinese propaganda characters can be translated as “[Xi Jinping] Thought on Socialism With Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” and “Striving for the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Dream.”