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Asian American Studies Subject Guide — AAAS / ARTH 2030: Art, Politics, and Propaganda

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Image caption: Poster in support of the People’s Republic of Kampuchea

Art and Propaganda

AsiaAlive Artist Ming Ren Discusses Chinese Propaganda Posters Former propaganda poster artist, Ming Ren, explains some of the characteristics of Chinese propaganda posters. The poster's slogan says "Down with Capitalists".

Genocide and Art


Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is an extraordinary new composition fusing music, film, voice and movement. It is the first major symphonic work that addresses the traumas that occurred in Cambodia in the late seventies, and is the first collaboration between the Oscar-nominated director Rithy Panh and lauded composer Him Sophy — both survivors of the Khmer Rouge and now at the forefront of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance. Anchored in “bangsokol” — a ritual for the dead or soon to be deceased — the performance intertwines traditional Khmer instruments with The Metropolis Ensemble orchestra and the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir. All together, they create something innately Cambodian but relatable to audiences everywhere.

Arts Resources