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Children of Marx and Coca-ColaChinese Avant-garde Art and Independent Cinema$
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Xiaoping Lin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833367

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833367.001.0001

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Globalism or Nationalism?

Globalism or Nationalism?

Cai Guoqiang, Zhang Huan, and Xu Bing in New York

(p.72) Chapter 3 Globalism or Nationalism?
Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

Xiaoping Lin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Cai Guoqiang, Zhang Huan, and Xu Bing, three Chinese diaspora artists relocated to New York City, where they express their critical views of global capitalism and the anxiety and turmoil it causes around the world. What dominates these artists’ latest work is a grave thematic concern over globalization, especially its protean and acute impact on people’s daily lives everywhere, particularly in China and other Asian countries. In fact, dynamic and disruptive globalization has clashed with a rising nationalism in China and Asia. The chapter then explores how the conflict between globalism and nationalism in contemporary life strongly impacted these Chinese artists.

Keywords:   Cai Guoqiang, Zhang Huan, Xu Bing, Chinese diaspora artists, global capitalism, globalization, nationalism, globalism

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