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This volume on Chinese animation and socialism is the first in English that introduces the insider viewpoints of socialist animators at the Shanghai Animation Film Studio in China. Although a few monographs have been published in English on Chinese animation, they are from the perspective of scholars rather than of the animators who personally worked on the films, as discussed in this volume. Featuring hidden histories and names behind the scenes, precious photos, and commentary on rarely seen animated films, this book is a timely and useful reference book for researchers, students, animators, and fans interested in Chinese and even world animation.
This book originated from the Animators’ Roundtable Forum (April 2017 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), organized by the Association for Chinese Animation Studies.
Daisy Yan Du is Associate Professor, Division of Humanities at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is the author of Animated Encounters: Transnational Movements of Chinese Animation 1940s-1970s (University of Hawaii Press, 2019) and the founder of the Association for Chinese Animation Studies (http://acas.ust.hk/), an organization dedicated to promoting Chinese animation to the English-speaking world.
"Apart from the informative and valuable resources, Du also shares her personal academic experience in this area… In a way, the establishment of this marginalized field can be attributed to her outstanding efforts. This book showcases her endeavours to push the field forward. As an excellent reference book containing useful textual accounts of Chinese socialist animations, it is not only essential for scholars and students interested in the fields of Chinese animation and even worldwide animation but also beneficial to animators who strive to learn from the past."
-Shasha Liu, University of Toronto, The China Quarterly (2022).
List of Figures
List o Contributors
Introduction Chinese Animation and Socialism Daisy Yan Du
PART 1 The Splendor of Socialist Animation
1 Mochinaga Tadahito in Early Socialist China Mochinaga Noriko, translated by Nick Stember and Yan Chen
2 Walking Our Own Path and Innovating Duan Xiaoxuan, translated by Nick Stember
3 An Authentic Animator Yan Dingxian, translated by Nick Stember
4 Dribs and Drabs Lin Wenxiao, translated by Nick Stember
5 National Style and Characterization Pu Jiaxiang, translated by Isabel Galwey
6 On the Art of Papercutting Animation Pu Yong, translated by Isabel Galwey and Eva Chang
PART 2 The Transition to Postsocialist Animated Filmmaking
7 From Layman to Animator Yan Shanchun, translated by Isabel Galwey and Eva Chang
8 In Love with Science Fiction Animation Dai Tielang, interviewed by Daisy Yan Du, organized by Song Han, translated by Yixing Li
9 Tradition and Innovation Chang Guangxi, translated by Sean Macdonald
10 Yilimei and the Shanghai Animation Film Studio Zhou Keqin, translated by Yixing Li
PART 3 The Soundscape of (Post)Socialist Animation
11 Synesthesia of Music and Image Jin Fuzai, translated by Sean Macdonald
12 My Career as an Animation Voice Actress Ding Jianhua, interviewed by Daisy Yan Du, organized by Song Han, translated by Yixing Li
PART 4 The Literary Landscape of (Post)Socialist Animation
13 My Career as a Screenwriter Ling Shu, translated by Yixing Li
PART 5 In Memory of Socialist Animators
14 Those Who Should Not Be Forgotten Yin Xiyong, translated by Eva Chang
15 In Memory of My Father Wang Shuchen Wang Yiqian, translated by Yixing Li
PART 6 More than a Fairy Tale: Politics and Chinese Animation
16 A Tradition of Political Propaganda Fung Yuk Song, translated by Isabel Galwey and Shaopeng Chen
PART 7 Chinese Animation Goes Abroad
17 Chinese Animation in Japan, 1940s–80s Ono Kōsei, translated by Isabel Galwey, Eva Chang, and Yan Chen
Epilogue Socialist Legacy in the Digital Age Daisy Yan Du
Professors, graduate students, undergraduate students, animators, artists, animation fans, and general readers interested in Chinese animation, film, media, visual arts, and cultural histories.