calligraphy http://kgou.org en World Views: May 24, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-24-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Suzette Grillot reports from Istanbul, where she speaks with University of Oklahoma economist <a href="http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/D/Firat.Demir-1/">Firat Demir</a> about the international response to Monday's deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., and political problems facing Turkey.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Oregon political scientist <a href="http://polisci.uoregon.edu/facbios.php?name=Richard_Kraus">Richard Kraus</a> joins the program for a conversation about&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">how art and culture become a testing ground between the United States and China. He's the author of&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">author of&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Pianos_and_Politics_in_China_Middle_Clas.html?id=R_ohdOxCP-8C" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: underline;">Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music</a>.</em></p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Brian Hardzinski & Hallie Arias 6596 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 24, 2013 Why the Piano is a Political Prop in China http://kgou.org/post/why-piano-political-prop-china <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Art, culture, and politics are closely linked in China, and until the </span>mid-1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Cultural Revolution government officials viewed Western classical music as an unwelcome outsider.</span></p><p>β€œFor a while the piano was regarded as the ultimate expression of the bourgeoisie,” says <a href="http://polisci.uoregon.edu/facbios.php?name=Richard_Kraus">Richard Kraus</a>, a University of Oregon political scientist and the author of <em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Pianos_and_Politics_in_China_Middle_Clas.html?id=R_ohdOxCP-8C">Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music</a>. </em>β€œ[Then] Mao's wife decided she liked the piano, and there was then sort of the idea that you need to adapt Western technology and art to serve Chinese political purposes. So after about 1968 the piano was alright.”</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:07:27 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Brian Hardzinski & Hallie Arias 6513 at http://kgou.org Why the Piano is a Political Prop in China