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Political Satire and the Authoritarian State in Contemporary China

September 20, 2017, 12:00 PM


Mid Maine Global Forum Program Announcement

Colby Professor Hong Zhang


“Political Satire and the Authoritarian State in Contemporary China”


Wednesday, September 20

Alfond Center

12 Noon


This program is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council as part of its
“World in Your Library programs. We are grateful to the Council for its
support and collaboration.

One new social phenomenon in China’s post-Mao reform era is the resurgence and wide-spread popularity of political satire. Diverse and pungent satirical sayings of reform-era China poke fun at corruption, hypocrisy, bureaucratic inefficiency, as well as voice outcries at new social ills and injustices.  This talk explores the popularity and role of political satire as a form of protest to vent dissent in the authoritarian China, and argues that as a social barometer, the political satire provides us an important window to understand how Chinese people develop their political astuteness through producing, circulating, and consuming political humor and satire in contemporary China.

Lunch will be catered by KVCC for $10. Please pay at the door.

Please register no later than Monday September 18.

To register, email: Elizabeth.Helitzer@maine.edu

Lunch includes soup, sandwich, coffee, tea and dessert.When registering, please indicate your sandwich choice: Turkey with LT on wheat, Chicken salad with LT on Brioche roll, Veggie wrap.

Please note: Registrants who request lunch are responsible for lunch fees.  If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please notify us so that lunch orders can be adjusted.


September 20, 2017
12:00 PM



Mid-Maine Global Forum


Alfond Youth & Community Center
126 North Street
Waterville, ME
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