Pin P. WAN and Richard W. BODMAN

The 1988, six-part television documentary River Elegy, hugely popular and controversial, was blatantly critical of traditional Chinese culture (and implicitly of Chairman Mao). The plot centered on the Yangzi River as an analogy of China’s decline from a great civilization to an isolated country teetering on the brink of obsolescence. Here men gather earth to rebuild dykes along the Yangzi River in Sichuan Province. PHOTO BY JOAN

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:28-05:00January 22nd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Literature|Comments Off on River Elegy (Hé Shāng 河殇)|Hé Shāng 河殇 (River Elegy)

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