A poster of Mao Zedong was pasted on the wall of an alley. Staring into the distance, Mao Zedong's hand was holding not the "Mao Zedong's Speeches," but the "Selected Works of Mao Zedong." Mao Zedong is still a symbol of the Chinese Communist Party, as evidenced by his portrait hanging in Tiananmen Square.
But what I sensed from the posters posted in an alley next to a souvenir shop I passed in Shanghai was not just such legitimacy claimed by the state power. From the retro posters, I sensed a resilience to consume what can be consumed, even if it is a national symbol.
|Jul 2013 CHINA STILL LIFE|
|BOOK MAO ZEDONG POSTER SHANGHAI|
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