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1950 Communist Propaganda Comic Predicts China 60 Years Later

1950 China Communist propaganda comics.
1950 Communist propaganda comics.
“Great Changes After the Liberation”

A Weibo user by the name of @说书者一枚 posted a comic strip from 1950 comparing the hardship and the injustice of pre-liberation China to that of the “New China” under the leadership of the Communist Party. The subsequently deleted Weibo post described the comic’s portrayal of pre-liberation China that ironically resembled the plight of many Chinese people today – more than 60 years after liberation.

@说书者一枚: In 1950, Huadong Comics published a comic book titled “Great Changes After the Liberation”, the comics within the publication drawn by Zhang Leping, Hong Huang, Mi Gu, Zhang Wenyuan, Han Shangyi, Shen Tongheng, and other famous artists. This publication was intended to “awaken people’s disgust toward imperialists and KMT counterrevolutionaries” – Now when we look at these comics from 60 years ago again, [we realize we’ve] time-traveled, definitely time-traveled [back in time]! Look at the pictures below, strongly recommended!

From the portrayal of working class hardship, to unaffordable housing, to foreigners behaving as they please in China, the problems of pre-liberation China seems to remain very much relevant even to this day. Netizens took note of the shocking similarity by criticizing the lack of progress in the past 60 years with some even claiming they’ve time-traveled into the past.

Full Comic from KDNet:

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Commodity prices (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Commodity prices (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Food prices unaffordable (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Food prices affordable (Now buy one get one free)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.American Dollar (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Renminbi (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Business means bad investment and losing everything (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Business means cooperation and mutual gains (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.No housing and high rent (Before)

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1950 Communist propaganda comics.Now everyone have a place to live (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Exploitation by the bosses (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Good wages, collective effort (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Low work efficiency and morale (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.High work efficiency and morale (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.High cost of living (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Low cost of living (After Liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Workers were like prisoners (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Workers are the masters (After Liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Worker Oppression (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Worker Liberation (After)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.American imperialist do what they want (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Foreigners now have to obey the law (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Police brutality and corruption (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Police love and respect the people (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Corrupt judicial system (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Fair judicial system (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Corrupt officials (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Selfless cadres (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Unfair taxation (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Fair taxation (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Lack of order and brutal military police (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Social order and disciplined police (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Ruthless soldiers (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Disciplined soldiers (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Gangsters ruled the city (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Now gangsters are productive members of society (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.American culture dominated (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Now people follow the right path (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Brutality in jail and detention (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Discipline and reeducation in jail (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Vulgar and pornographic material rampant (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Literacy, culture and science dominate (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Students have no freedom (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Students have intellectual freedom (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Peasants beaten and oppressed (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Peasants have own land and freedom (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Women have no rights (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Women are equals (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Discrimination against the lower class (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Everyone equal (After liberation)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Oppression from Chiang Kai-shek and American imperialists (Before)

1950 Communist propaganda comics.Days are brighter one year after liberation (After Liberation)

Comments from Sina Weibo (since deleted):

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@半轻烟:

If the Blue Sky with a White Sun Flag is changed to the Five Star Flag

@贾俊的空间:

Life is like a TV drama, we are always time-traveling.

@观-不语:

This is not time-traveling, it is reincarnation.

@吴乐仔:

The scenes in the comics perfectly match that of the current situation in Mainland China, and its even worse than during the KMT reactionary regime.

@豆芽Saber:

History always repeats itself.

@jiao_Z:

For comics like these to have appeared back then at least shows there was freedom of speech under the KMT regime…

@恒河演乘:

We’ve time-traveled, without the guarantees of a democratic system, history will always be a vicious cycle, China truly hasn’t progressed at all.

@商品期货套利对冲:

These comic artists are amazing, able to to predict social phenomenon 60 years in the future, incredible…

Written by Joe

Joe is a documentary producer and journalist based in Shanghai

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