Disintegration and Reshaping: Northeast Renaissance and the Working Class Narrative


Northeast Renaissance refers to a cultural movement that reflects the spiritual outlook of youth in Northeast China in 2019. The common inspiration for this generation is the Northeast, which experienced the laid-off reform and guarded the last glory of the old industrial base, and was deeply affected by the popular culture of Hong Kong and Taiwan in the 1990s.This article explores the ways of the disintegration and remodeling of the Chinese working class by combing different media arts since the 1990s. The Northeast narrative of the 1990s is connected with the national industrialization trend. The films Tie xi District and The Piano in a Factory show the loss of eldest son of the Republic, the disintegration of the factory under market impact, and the call for the return of socialist collective labor. The Northeast narrative after 2000 reflects the fade of industrial background. The novels Moses on the Plains and Winter Swim show that the old industrial area was included in the consumer society, and the contemporary worker groups lost their revolutionary objects and forces in the post-revolutionary context. In 2019, the Northeast Renaissance triggered by rapper Baoshi Dong is closely related to Revitalizing the Northeast Old Industrial Base plan and the fast-growing Internet ecology. In the context of global capital logic and the disappearance of class discourse, these new worker groups who enter the world factory try to express low-level experience and reshape the working class culture.

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Hao Zhu, Shaanxi Normal University, China

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Conference: ACCS2020
Stream: Cultural Studies

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