Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Deng Xiaoping billboard in Shenzhen, Feb. 1993

Deng Xiaoping overlooking Shenzen, China, 1993

I took this picture in Shenzhen back in February, 1993--my first and only trip to China (aside from a layover in Shanghai a few years ago). In the picture, he's saying, "不坚持社会主义,不改革开放,不发展经济,不改善人民生活,只能是死路一条。" (Not adhering to socialism, not reforming and opening up, not developing the economy, and not improving the people's lives can only be a dead end.)

I just discovered it acting as a bookmark in my copy of Aihwa Ong's Flexible Citizenship. I wondered what that area of town looks like now. A blogpost from 2017 gives some interesting (if hagiographic) history of the sign. Here's a rough translation (with the help of Google Translate, mainly because I wanted to translate it in a few hours rather than a few days...):

Shenzhen Totem: The History of Changes to the Deng Xiaoping Portrait 
By 泉影 (Quan Ying) 
On February 19, 1997, with 131 days left before the return of Hong Kong, Deng Xiaoping passed away. That chilly morning, a large group of Shenzhen residents spontaneously came to Deng Xiaoping's portrait to pay their respect to the benefactor of this SAR. Although more and more people gathered, filling the roads on both sides of the portrait, it was orderly. Seniors, young people, and children all came, a sad atmosphere permeating the scene. Some people held white flowers in their hands, wore black veils on their arms, and some stood for a long time holding high portraits of Deng Xiaoping that read, "The people will forever miss you." Because of Deng Xiaoping, Shenzhen had become the most direct beneficiary of China's reform and opening up, so the people of Shenzhen came with grateful feelings to say goodbye to the "chief designer" of reform and opening up. 
With Hongling Road, Luohu District, and Futian District as the boundaries, the area where Shennan Middle Road meets it was the most prosperous financial district in Shenzhen in the 1980s and 1990s. The northeast side of this crossroad became a must-see place because of the long-standing giant portrait of Deng Xiaoping. After Deng Xiaoping's southern tour, this portrait became the urban scenery most frequently exposed in both domestic and foreign news media. It has become a symbol of the reform and opening up of Shenzhen and China and a famous "landmark" in Shenzhen. 
A Product of the Southern Tour
At the beginning of the new year in 1992, reform in China faced a dilemma. In the early spring in southern China, the chill had not yet subsided, but the flowers and trees were green and spring was abundant. Already nominally retired, Deng Xiaoping came to Shenzhen on his southern tour and made an important speech, encouraging local cadres to "be bolder for reform and opening up." For a time, the major media reported on the themes of "An east wind blows an eyeful of spring" and "The South China Sea surges with a tide of reform." The talk greatly liberated the people's thought, and the reform deadlock was broken. China returned to the road of reform and opening up.
Because the southern talk incited a great response around the country, the propaganda department of the Shenzhen Municipal Party Committee proposed to erect in the city center a huge poster promoting Deng Xiaoping's inspection of Shenzhen. After repeated discussions, everyone agreed that the portrait should be erected in the most conspicuous, central, and most convenient place in Shenzhen. After careful site selection, the intersection of Shennan Avenue and Hongling Road was identified as the most suitable place.
After the painting was made, it was revised several times, and in the end the Shenzhen Municipal Art Advertising Company (深圳市美术广告公司) sent their most powerful artist to work in the underground parking lot of the Shenzhen Grand Theater. The enormous painting, measuring 300 square meters, took three to four months to create. It was done completely by hand, and one finger on the painting was taller than a man. On June 28, 1992 the huge painting of Deng Xiaoping was finally erected on Shennan Road. This was quite rare in China at that time, and the portrait immediately caused a sensation.
The first version of Deng Xiaoping's portrait was based on a photograph taken at the Xianhu Botanical Garden during Deng's inspection tour of Shenzhen. Dressed in a light brown jacket, his eyes are bright and ...
Well, I started this post a while back and just decided to come back to it so I could finish it in February (the 26th anniversary of my trip to Shenzhen). To my surprise, when I clicked on the link to go back to  泉影's blog, here's what I got:

"Sorry, this post is password-protected!"

So much for my timely translation... I wonder what happened?

Here are a few other links to posts about this poster:


Saturday, February 09, 2019

Position: Northeastern University Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Multilingual Writing

You can apply through the NU HR portal: https://neu.peopleadmin.com/postings/59696

The English Department Writing Program of Northeastern University seeks to fill one benefits-eligible, full-time, non-tenure track position for Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Multilingual Writing, beginning in the 2019 fall semester. The Northeastern Writing Program, recipient of the CCCC Certificate of Writing Program Excellence, serves multilingual undergraduates and graduate students through coursework, the Northeastern Writing Center, writing groups, and various workshops and outreach efforts. The Teaching Professor of Multilingual Writing will teach two courses per semester aimed at speakers of other languages, work for the equivalent of one course per semester in the Northeastern University Writing Center, and lead program-wide efforts to support Northeastern’s large multilingual undergraduate and graduate student population. Reporting to the Director of the Writing Program and working closely with writing program administration, the successful candidate will work with both students and faculty to coordinate and enhance existing multilingual writing support resources, and build writing faculty capacity around multilingual writing pedagogy. The ideal candidate is an innovative, dedicated teacher who is knowledgeable of teaching and assessment strategies for supporting multilingual writers. There is an established promotion ladder from Assistant to Associate to Full Teaching Professor and opportunity for multi-year contracts. The standard appointment for teaching professors is six courses per year (80%), with service (10%) and professional development (10%) responsibilities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Work individually in the Writing Center with undergraduate and graduate multilingual students across the curriculum on academic and professionally oriented writing tasks.
● Plan and conduct training around multilingual writing pedagogy and support for NU Writing Center consultants and Writing Program instructors, whether through workshops, online modules and materials, or presentations.
● Work individually with NU Writing Center consultants and Writing Program instructors in support of individual students and multilingual pedagogies.
● Work closely with the NU Writing Program Director and Writing Program administrators (Writing Center Director, Director of First-Year Writing, Director of Advanced Writing in the Disciplines), supporting ongoing programs and helping to create new initiatives to support multilingual writers.
● Serve on the Writing Program Committee (policy body for the NU Writing Program)
● Participate in writing-related assessment initiatives.
● Perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications 
● Ph.D. or Ed.D degree in relevant discipline (e.g., Rhetoric and/or Composition Studies, English, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Language and Literacy) required.
● Teaching experience with emphasis on college-level writing in English required.
● Experience teaching writing and/or advanced language acquisition in English to students one-on-one and/or classroom settings recommended.
● Experience facilitating student and faculty workshops.
● Interest or experience working collaboratively with staff, such as advisors, student affairs or admissions professionals, in support of multilingual students.
● Ability to work as a member of a diverse community.

Additional Information   
The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is a leader in the Experiential Liberal Arts (www.northeastern.edu/cssh/about/deans-welcome). Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a dynamic and highly selective urban research university in the center of Boston. Grounded in its signature co-op program, Northeastern provides unprecedented global experiential learning opportunities. The College is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes nominations and applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For information about the Writing Program, please see http://www.northeastern.edu/writing/. For information about employment at Northeastern University, see http://www.northeastern.edu/hrm/. To apply, go to the Faculty Positions site at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities website: http://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/faculty-positions/. Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer and a Title IX University. We encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

Initial applications should consist of a letter of interest; a curriculum vita; and a brief (1-2 page) statement of teaching philosophy, including a description of training and experience in teaching writing. Please note any background or training with ESL students, writing in the disciplines, online teaching, community engagement, or digital media. Applications received by March 22 can be assured the fullest review.


Mya Poe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Director of the Writing Program
415 Holmes Hall
Northeastern University 
Boston, MA 02115