Images of Daily Life in China during the Cultural Revolution

Images of Daily Life in China during the Cultural Revolution.

Joseph A. Williams (Wellesley College): “The photographs presented on this web site were taken in March-April 1972 when I was a participant in the second delegation of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS) to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). ” As of August 2009, it has over 200 photos and another 200 slides will be digitized and uploaded.

What do you think of this resource?


4 Responses

  1. you should actually put pictures theat people care about and not pictures that put them to sleep

    • They may put you to sleep, I’m sure. It’s ignorant people like you, who have no interest in important parts of world history, that have so much time on their hands so that they decide to leave poisonous little messages denouncing these pictures a rubbish. Well, I’ll have you know that my family survived the cultural revolution. There are some things in history that matter to some people(obviously not you, of course).
      When you wake up/grow up/get a life/all three, you might want to think about how history wasn’t fabricated. There are people who went through it, and those people would kindly appreciate it if you thought about whether or not your thoughts would strongly offend someone else.

    • Wow. You have no idea what it was like to live through something as serious as this. I wasn’t living during the Cultural Revolution, but I have been doing a lot of reasearch on it, and I can tell that this was a legitimate time of pain in China. I think that you need to respect this time period a lot more and be thankful that you didn’t have to experience it.

  2. As the Editor of this site, I respect everyone’s feeling, which is why I let both comments appear publicly, even though the tone of the exchange has become a little too strong for me.

    Anyway, let’s tone down the rhetoric and take this conversation into a more constructive direction. Apparently there are two ways to look at these photos from China in 1972: performance vs. memory. For people who look at them as performance, I’d like to ask who were the actors and who were the audience. In addition, was there script? Ultimately, how do we know? For people who view the pictures as memory, my question is whose memory is it? Is it the memory of people who went through the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)? Or, is it the memory of an American professor who happened to be in China for two months during that 10-year period? Finally, is it possible to mix the perspectives of performance and memory together?

    Please feel free to chime in.

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