Propaganda And It’s Hand In Advancing The Society of Modern China

Chigoa Tuol

Everyone should undergo Citizenship Training by:unknown.

During the Nationalist propaganda era, the Chinese government utilized a range of media, including newspapers, posters, films, and radio broadcasts, to promote nationalism, anti-communism, and the virtues of the ruling party. The New Life Movement, which sought to instill traditional Chinese values and morals, was one of the most significant propaganda organizations of the time. The program emphasized personal cleanliness, thriftiness, and patriotism as means of contributing to Chinese society.


One artwork from this era, titled “Everyone Should Undergo Citizenship Training,” highlights the importance of citizenship education. The government aimed to instill a sense of duty and accountability in citizens while fostering a more unified and stable society. Citizenship education was also seen as a means of promoting the government’s principles and philosophy, which aimed to construct a prosperous, modern, and united China. This artwork reflects the government’s emphasis on promoting citizenship education and the values of the New Life Movement.


Three Principles of the People By: Unknown

The poster shows the Three Principles in Chinese characters, against the background of the Chinese flag, a group of people are united. The text at the top of the poster reads “Promote the Three Principles of the People and Revitalize China,” emphasizing the importance of these principles for a strong and prosperous China.

The Three Principles of the People were formulated by Sun Yat-sen in order to unite and strengthen the Chinese nation. Sun Yat-sen was a key figure in the early years of the Republic of China, and his ideas had a major impact on Chinese politics and society. The first principle, nationalism, emphasizes the importance of uniting the Chinese people and building a strong and independent nation. The second principle, democracy, emphasizes the importance of having the Chinese people participate in government and have a voice in political decision-making. The third principle, the principle of people’s livelihood, emphasizes the importance of improving the economic well-being of the Chinese people and meeting their basic needs.


Four Disease Of The Chinese by: the Editorial Experimental Section, Department of Religious Education, Jinling Seminary, Nanjing

 This poster is a religious poster and the central image shows Jesus looking up at Zacchaeus sitting in a tree. This scene comes from the biblical story where Zacchaeus the tax collector climbed a tree to get a better view of Jesus.


 The outer image of the poster shows the so-called “four major diseases of the Chinese people”, namely poverty, disease, ignorance and disorder. These images may reflect the social and economic conditions in China at the time the poster was created. The poster was approved by the National Christian Religious Education Promotion Association and published by Shanghai Christian Literature Society.

 The poster appears to be an attempt to relate Zacchaeus’ religious story to the social and economic challenges facing China at the time. The four outer images represent poverty, disease, ignorance, and confusion, and may be seen as analogs to the spiritual suffering Jesus came to heal. The poster also reflects the role of religious organizations in promoting social and cultural values in mid-20th century China.

Preach Christ, Reform China By :National Christian Council of China

 “Preaching Christ and Reforming China” is a Chinese poster published by the Chinese National Church of Christ in 1927. The poster depicts the image of Jesus leading the Gospel Army to spread the Christian message and reform the Chinese nation. The poster is divided into upper and lower parts. The first half emphasizes that Christians need to work together for a better future in China, while the second half is about the spiritual warfare described in the New Testament Ephesians.


 The poster includes two sets of flags: the white flag, which represents positive values such as justice, cooperation, and truth, and the black flag, which represents negative values such as laziness, cruelty, and superstition. A flag with the words “New China” hung on the wall, expressing the hope to create a new and better China by promoting Christian values.


 Overall, this poster reflects the role of Christianity and religious organizations in promoting social and cultural values in China in the early 20th century, especially during times of national crisis and unrest. The use of imagery and symbols, such as the evangelists’ armies and contrasting flags, help to convey a clear message about the importance of spiritual reformation for the betterment of society.


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