Slogan of time in Modern China

Slogan of time in Modern China

Slogans have emblazoned the walls and homes of China for generations – spreading the word to the masses from villages to towns across the nation. It is part of the country's national identity and creates a picture etched in time for generations. Walls may be repainted, but photographs can stand the test of time and memories shared forever in the new digital world.

Since acquiring his first camera at the beginning of the 1980s, photographer Ma Hongjie has always focused his lens on the slogans daubed on walls across China. Over the decades, various slogans have emerged and disappeared, reflecting the flowing change and fast development of China's society and government's policies. The photos have been casually taken by Ma over three decades and don't carry exact dates.


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The white slogan reads "Who is the true hero? The answer can be seen on the road of striving fo


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The slogan reads "Drugs lead to losing family and trading drugs leads to death." [Photo by


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The red slogan reads "If people in impoverish mountainous areas wants to become rich, they shou


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The slogan reads "Flattening tombs to return farmland is beneficial to both the nation and peop


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The read slogan reads "It is not arguable to get a sentence of two years in jail for one gun an


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"Only if a cadre takes the lead in striving for richness, he or she can be recognized as a good


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"One should feel pride if he or she lifts himself from poverty, and should feel talentless if s


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"Serve as a government official to make contribution to people's prosperity and happiness."


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Portraits of Chairman Mao seen along with a slogan reading "Chairman Mao is the sun in our hear