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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Encountering Maoist Propaganda in Pastoral Inner Mongolia

Encountering Maoist Propaganda in Pastoral Inner Mongolia

(p.63) Encountering Maoist Propaganda in Pastoral Inner Mongolia
At Home and in the Field

Hong Jiang

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter introduces readers to some of the politics of representing development in the traditionally pastoral Mongol community of Uxin Ju in the Ordos region of northern China. In researching Uxin Ju's grassland campaign, the chapter traces the discovery of a set of propaganda documents produced by the local government. These Uxin Ju documents speak to a larger question of archival collection in studying modern China. Furthermore, as these documents were propaganda at best, analysis had become difficult. Through these documents the chapter jumpstarts a discussion into the related issue of authenticity in fieldwork collections. Thus the chapter shows how, given the historical effects of Maoist political programs in this region, at best, only “partial truths” can be gleaned from ethnography.

Keywords:   land use, grassland campaign, propaganda, political discourse, Mongol community, Uxin Ju, archival collection, Maosit political programs, Maoist propaganda, modern China

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