Bring It Back: Maoist Kitsch from Beijing
Published: June 2009
By Rob McKeown
Cultural Revolution kitsch
The Cultural Revolution's national ideology—fortunately—has gone the way of the
Little Red Book, but the distinct style that emerged out of China's heyday of state-issued
propaganda is back by popular demand, at the five-room Red Capital Residence hotel in Beijing.
In the gift shop, nostalgia-hunters can pick up the ultimate in retro-camp agitprop. Our favorite
item was this shoe boxsized porcelain rendering of Chairman Mao and his defense minister,
Lin Biao (who allegedly once attempted to assassinate his boss). The two soak up the adulation
of their comrades while riding in the backseat of a Red Flag Limo. Red Capital Residence, No. 9 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng district, Beijing; 86-10/8403-5308; www.redcapitalclub.com.cn;
from $74 each.