Strong Bodies for the Revolution: Pursuing Health and Power in the People’s Republic of China

This exhibition runs Wednesday, February 16, 2022 through Friday, May 13, 2022

Eradication of Snail Fever, Courtesy of the Ruth and Victor Sidel Collection


Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 12:00PM
Please join us to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition in the CEAS gallery. The student faculty curators will make remarks at 12:15pm.

How did the government of the People’s Republic of China mobilize its people to implement public health campaigns and improve the health of hundreds of millions of people? The College of East Asian Studies presents an exhibition featuring a collection of propaganda posters donated by the family of Ruth and Victor Sidel. During their travels to China, the Sidels acquired more than 55 posters, most of which illustrated the underlying principles that governed Chinese public health policy during tumultuous years of revolution. ​This exhibition, curated by faculty and students, showcases common themes in the posters that contribute to a larger narrative on modern health practices in China. Co-sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Fries Center for Global Studies; Department of Government; History Department; Science in Society Program and Black Box Labs; and Wesleyan University Library.

The College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center is curated by Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee and Exhibitions Manager Rosemary Lennox.

Open Tuesday through Friday, Noon–4pm

College of East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
343 Washington Terrace, Middletown CT 06457

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Image credit: Eradication of Snail Fever, Courtesy of the Ruth and Victor Sidel Collection.