Weixin zhengfu zhixia zhi minzhong shenghuo (The life of the masses under the Reformed Government)

This series of unattributed photographs is taken from the Daminhui publication Xin Zhongguo (New China) 3.1 (January 1940). They are used here to present scenes of life under the rule of the Reformed Government (Weixin zhengfu), or RGROC, which was a “client regime” established in 1938. The RGROC was eventually amalgamated with Wang Jingwei’s RNG in March 1940.

The top image is entitled “xian’ge bu chuo” (“studying never stops, even in times of strife”); the middle image is entitled “qiu shou fengdeng” (gathering the autumn harvest); the image at the bottom of the page is entitled “fuxing jianzhu” (renovating buildings). All three are typical images of the sort that the Daminhui promoted in the period between 1938 and 1940, but also display a clear influence from Manchukuo propaganda photography from earlier in the 1930s.

Date

15 January 1940

Artist/Creator

Daminhui 大民會

Medium

Book / Published Material

Theme

Return to the capital

Case Studies

Japanese-occupied China
(1937-1945)

Keywords

children, Daminhui, education, flag, peasants, photography, propaganda, RGROC, schools, villages

Further information

Further Reading

Timothy Brook, “The creation of the Reformed Government in central China, 1938,” in David P. Barrett and Larry N. Shyu (eds) Chinese Collaboration with Japan, 1932-1945: The Limits of Accommodation (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001), 79-101.

Source

Library of Congress

Source Reference Details

Asian Reading Room

Permissions/Acknowledgements

Library of Congress

COTCA Identifier

LOC-0101

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