Chinese Animation and Socialism

From Animators’ Perspectives


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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.

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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 (, 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).
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Chinese Animation and Socialism
  Daisy Yan Du

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

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

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

The Literary Landscape of (Post)Socialist Animation

13 My Career as a Screenwriter
  Ling Shu, translated by Yixing Li

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

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

Chinese Animation Goes Abroad

17 Chinese Animation in Japan, 1940s–80s
  Ono Kōsei, translated by Isabel Galwey, Eva Chang, and Yan Chen

Socialist Legacy in the Digital Age
  Daisy Yan Du


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