Cover image of anti-communist novella produced in occupied north China.
Chihuo biji: Gongfei jishi xiaoshuo
(A record of the Red Peril: A novel recording the deeds of the Communist bandits)
This book, almost certainly produced by the Japanese military, tells the story of communist violence against Chinese peasants in wartime Shanxi, and the escape of an anti-communist Chinese peasant girl to occupied Beijing. It was clearly written to discourage civilian support for the communist resistance in north China, and to foster peasant support for the newly-established PGROC early in the occupation. The weeping peasant woman is juxtaposed to the sinister “devil” that is international communism.
- circa 1938
Book / Published Material
(1937 – 1945)
- communism, peasants, skulls, women
Jeremy E. Taylor, “Gendered Archetypes of Wartime Occupation: ‘New Women’ in Occupied North China, 1937–40”, Gender & History 28.3 (2016): 660-686.
Source Reference Details
Japanese Collections: 2006, 0117, 0.1–109
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