Chinese Animation and Socialism

From Animators’ Perspectives

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Volume Editor: Daisy Yan Du
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 (http://acas.ust.hk/), an organization dedicated to promoting Chinese animation to the English-speaking world.
Acknowledgments
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

Bibliography
Index

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