Rock and Roll and its Cultural Legacy in Post-Socialist China

By: Cameron Ruscitti '13

Advising Faculty: Yibing Huang

Since its inception in the 1980s, Chinese rock and roll has emerged from the underground and found an increasingly dedicated audience within the mainstream. As a byproduct of the postsocialist landscape that currently frames contemporary Chinese society, rock and roll has been appropriated by many Chinese as a means whereby they can dismantle geocultural barriers and strike a balance between Chinese identity and globalized culture. My research reevaluates the history of rock and roll as a sociocultural phenomenon with regards to its relevance within the discussion of postsocialist Chinese cultural politics.

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Related Fields: East Asian Studies