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The National Anthem Film in the Early 1950s Taiwan

  • Mamie Misawa
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Abstract

This chapter analyzes the Nationalist Party’s film regulations, particularly its process of establishing the screening of the national anthem film at every theater in early postwar Taiwan as an integral part of its anticommunist campaign. It argues that Chiang Kai-shek placed great emphasis on the power of the national anthem to the extent that he himself tried to write it anew. This chapter examines the content of the national anthem films and filmstrips screened in the program to show their elements were designed to be mutually complementary. It also explores social reaction toward the national anthem and its film screening. It concludes that the Nationalist party’s control does not seem always effective in helping shape the nationalist awareness of Taiwanese audiences and enhancing national integration, at least not as much as Chiang and his party had aimed for.

Keywords

National anthem film Film regulation Nationalist party (KMT) Anticommunism Mobilization 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author would like to acknowledge the KAKENHI funding support (15K01893) for this project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mamie Misawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chinese Language and CultureCollege of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon UniversityTokyoJapan

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