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2.4 🎨 Art and Public Identity 🆔





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Emily Guo

emily guo

October 29, 2020

2.4: 🎨 Art and Public Identity 🆔

艺术能表现出人们的思想 🤔。 同时,艺术也可以显出历史的各种各样的变化。随着时间的推移,艺术也会变的。因为艺术包括很多不同类别,比如舞蹈 💃,音乐 🎶,文学 📚,等等,他们能讲说许多故事。


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Street Art 🎨

Street art around the world has been increasing in numbers, not just in China. At the moment, graffiti is considered illegal as it said to be vandalism. However, in many large cities in China, the amount of street art continues to grow. Influences of the West is said to be the biggest driving factor of street art. Along with many annual events supporting the growing community of street art in China, commercial graffiti has also come along, offering a way for street artists to make a living.


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Street artists usually focus on certain aspects related to their interests. For example, one street artist Daboo does street art corresponding hip hop culture, making his street art narrow in on music, DJ, break dancing, and graffiti.

Along with modern street art, history has its own street art. Back in the 16th century, many women covered the sides of the Great Wall of China with decorations of clouds, lotus blossoms, and other symbols to hope for the safe return of their husbands from war. Going to the 1920s, while China was going through its own reforms, propaganda, political slogans, and more made their way to many public areas.


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Strive for Five Vocab! 🔑🔑

  • 艺术(yìshù)- Art

  • 街头艺术(jiētóu yìshù)- Street Art

  • 涂鸦(túyā)- Graffiti

  • 破坏(pòhuài)- To Damage

  • 非法(fēifǎ)- Illegal

  • 商业涂鸦(shāngyè túyā)- Commercial Graffiti

  • 兴趣(xìngqù)- Interest

  • 兴趣爱好(xìngqù àihào)- Hobby

  • 嘻哈(xīhā)- Hip Hop

  • (万里)长城((wànlǐ) chángchéng)- The Great Wall of China

  • 云(朵)(yún (duǒ))- Clouds

  • 荷花(héhuā)- Lotus Blossoms

  • 战争(zhànzhēng)- War

  • 宣传(xuānchuán)- Propaganda

  • 政治口号(zhèngzhì kǒuhào)- Political Slogans

Possible Prompts

  1. 你是怎么被社交媒体改变了?🤔 (How has social media changed you?)

  2. 请用中文介绍自己,并提供有关你的详细信息。🆔 (Please introduce yourself in Chinese and provide detailed information about yourself (identity).)

  3. 学习语言和文化如何影响到你对社区的看法?(How has learning languages and culture affected your view of communities?)

  4. Compare and contrast Chinese public identities with your own identity.

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