"A Time to Heal" or "A Time to Kill": the Communist Fight Against Rural Superstitions in Wartime China with Prof. Xiaofei Kang

Event Date: 

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 3001E

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Shamans and ritual healers have always been associated with "feudal superstition" and therefore, regarded as obstacles of twentieth-century Chinese modernity. This talk discusses the first Communist campaign against superstitions in its wartime headquarters, Yan'an from 1944 to 1945. In recasting shamanistic practices from "a time to heal" into "a time to kill," the campaign offers important insights into the Communist efforts to rebuild a new culture for rural China at the end of the Anti-Japanese War.

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