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.
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2013|