Scene from To Live. Character pose for wedding photo in front of the slogan "The working class leads in everything."
First, to use land as a way of viewing the changes that occured in China from 1949 through to the Great Leap Forward. We’ll pick up where we left off with “Constructing Socialism” (slides) and move to the Great Leap.
Second, we’ll reflect on To Live (Huozhe 活着, 1994).
Finally, take about 10 minutes to write a short scene that might have been cut from the film—it could be a scene from before, during, or after the main events of the film take place.
Sami Thomas public history presentation
Andrew Lim public history presentation
Check for Understanding
Left: photo of the author Lao She. Right: scene from the 2010 CCTV production of Teahouse (茶馆)
Background: Lao She (老舍, 1899-1966)
Performance and analysis