Trapped on the wrong side of the Great Wall: SA2 Edition

TitleTrapped on the wrong side of the Great Wall: SA2 Edition
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsBrook, T
ISBN Number0319-0781
Abstract

New Ghosts, Old Dreams captures the desperation of Chinese writers and intellectuals who find themselves trapped on the wrong side of myth. To writer Wang Luxiang, the Great Wall is no longer evidence of China’s strength, which is how the Communist government pictures it, but "a symbol of confinement, conservatism, impotent defence, and timidity." Songwriter Hou Dejian mourns that it has been his fate to grow up "under the claws of the dragon." Artist Zhang Hongtu can do nothing with the official portrait of Mao Zedong but cut it up for cartoons. And literary critic Liu Xiaobo regards the aura of spirituality in which Chinese culture often robes itself as nothing but a crutch for the senile.