Political education of “the public” overseas: The mission of PRC-Made opera films and opera troupes in colonial Hong Kong, 1950s

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Abstract

During the Cold War era, Chinese opera film and live opera performance were used by the authorities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as potent tools to persuade “the public” in colonial Hong Kong to accept the new regime as the legitimate successor to traditional Chinese culture. The PRC authorities sponsored various opera-related cultural activities, such as facilitating communications between opera stars and their fans, and sending state opera troupes to perform in Hong Kong. This paper studies the adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party’s political propaganda agendas designed for “the public” living in commercial societies under anti-communist regimes. It argues that by delivering political messages subtly justified as the common voices of the masses (“public opinion”), the PRC authorities skillfully mediated between socialism and traditional Chinese culture through activities, speeches, and writings rich in historical and cultural references.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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Hong Kong
China
Opera
Political Education
Colonies
1950s
Authority
Chinese Culture
Cold War
Communist
Chinese Opera
Successor
Communication
Socialism
Agenda
Adaptability
Communist Regime
Public Opinion
Political Propaganda
Commercial Society

Citation

Hui, K. W. (2013, June). Political education of “the public” overseas: The mission of PRC-Made opera films and opera troupes in colonial Hong Kong, 1950s. Paper presented at the Eighth International Convention of Asia Scholars, Macao, China.