At the Propaganda Poster Art Centre, I saw Big Character Posters for the first time.
I was interested in the big-character posters, since they were mentioned in the course on China in the 20th Century that I had just taken under Si-yen Fei at Penn . Yang Peiming, the owner of the Centre, was impressed that I knew about them. He told us that the red XXXs indicate people to be removed, and that the large scrawled writing was a hasty middle-of-the-night denial of the charges. I asked twice why they were called big-character posters; he said (if I understood him) that little-character posters were small, private and apologetic, posted indoors, while character-letter poster were public, accusatory, and outdoors.
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