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Martina Caschera obtained her PhD in Oriental and Southern Asia Studies from the University of Naples L’Orientale. Her research focuses on Chinese modern and contemporary visual culture and media. She currently is an Adjunct Professor of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature at the University of Chieti-Pescara Gabriele d’Annunzio.

Once Upon a Time in China: Lu Zhixiang’s Sketches of Shanghai’s Society in the 1930s

Cartoon master Lu Zhixiang’s artistic production offers notable glimpses into timeless aspects of Shanghai’s metropolitan modernisation in the 1930s, providing particular insight into the plight of the underclasses. In this essay, Martina Caschera argues that Lu’s work is not only particularly representative of the ideal approach to artistic creation strongly upheld by leftist intellectuals in that epoch, but can also be useful as we reflect on the social dynamics of present-day China.

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