Peo­ple, Turn­ing Points and Great Progress of a Coun­try —400 Un­for­get­table Chi­nese Mo­ments over 40 Years

—400 Un­for­get­table Chi­nese Mo­ments over 40Years

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Edited by Chen Xiaom­ing, Pub­lished by Shan­dong Pic­to­rial Pub­lish­ing House, Oc­to­ber 2018

By fo­cus­ing on key mo­ments, de­vel­op­ments and scenes from or­di­nary peo­ple’s lives, the book se­ries at­tempts to doc­u­ment the im­ages of an era and ex­press how the re­form and open­ing up reached the peo­ple’s hearts.

In 1978, China made a great de­ci­sion in launch­ing the re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy, ush­er­ing in the most im­por­tant and far-reach­ing so­cial change for the coun­try in mod­ern times.

Pub­lished to com­mem­o­rate the 40th an­niver­sary of China’s re­form and open­ing up, this book se­ries com­prises four vol­umes, each cov­er­ing a decade, with 400 time­less pho­to­graphs along­side in­ter­pre­tive text. From the per­spec­tive of char­ac­ters and scenes, it traces the de­vel­op­ment process across four decades in China.

Chen Xiaom­ing, chief ed­i­tor of the work, wrote in the pref­ace that the book se­ries was com­piled based on the recog­ni­tion that the re­form and open­ing up re­ally ac­tu­al­ized the po­lit­i­cal con­cept of “the peo­ple be­ing the mas­ters of the coun­try.”

By fo­cus­ing on key mo­ments, de­vel­op­ments and scenes from or­di­nary peo­ple’s lives, the book se­ries at­tempts to doc­u­ment the im­ages of an era and ex­press how the re­form and open­ing up reached the peo­ple’s hearts.

“China’s re­form and open­ing up over the past 40 years seems to have been a process in which his­tory was in­jected with new dy­namism and con­stantly re­vi­tal­ized and de­vel­oped,” noted Chen Xiaom­ing. “Every Chi­nese per­son, as an in­di­vid­ual, has joined in the process of cre­at­ing his­tory and shared the vi­tal­ity of the times. This book se­ries aims to pro­vide a few pieces and sides of the big pic­ture through sto­ries s of those in­di­vid­u­als and shine the great light of the re­form and open­ing up through a va­ri­ety of prisms.”

By con­sult­ing mil­lions of words rds of news re­ports, po­lit­i­cal comme­nen­tary and chron­i­cles of events and

dig­ging through tens of thou­sands of doc­u­men­tary pho­to­graphs and news pic­tures, com­pil­ers fi­nally set­tled on typ­i­cal works from nearly 300 well-known con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese pho­tog­ra­phers in­clud­ing Li Xiaobin and He Yan­guang as well as works from some fa­mous for­eign pho­tog­ra­phers and me­dia in­sti­tu­tions such as Yann Layma, Cor­bis and Getty.

“Brows­ing the var­i­ous pic­tures col­lected in the book se­ries cre­ates vis­ual rhythm and beat for China’s re­form and open­ing up com­posed of the faces, smiles and color­ful life sto­ries of or­di­nary peo­ple,” said Wang Xue­dian, a renowned Chi­nese his­to­rian, mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence (CPPCC) and ex­ec­u­tive dean of the Ad­vanced In­sti­tute for Con­fu­cian Stud­ies at Shan­dong Univer­sity.

A huge blast­ing pre­luded the con­struc­tion of Shen­zhen Shekou In­dus­trial Zone in 1979. Over the past four decades, the look of Shen­zhen and peo­ple's lives in the city have been com­pletely changed, set­ting a “Shen­zhen model” for China's re­form and open­ing up. by He Huangyou

1990: Peo­ple rush into the stock ex­change to buy shares in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong Province. The scene re­flects the eco­nomic vi­tal­ity brought by China's im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­form and open­ing- up pol­icy and peo­ple's con­fi­dence in the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the so­ci­ety. by Zhang Xin­min

In 2002, demo­cratic elec­tions were held at a vil­lage of the Qian­dong­nan Miao and Dong Au­ton­o­mous Pre­fec­ture in south­west­ern China's Guizhou Province. Since the be­gin­ning of the new cen­tury, China has paid great at­ten­tion to the con­struc­tion of demo­cratic pol­i­tics at the grass- roots level, which en­sures the fur­ther pro­mo­tion of re­form and open­ing up. by Guo Jian­she

March 21, 2002: The Citibank Puxi Branch of­fi­cially opens in Shang­hai, be­com­ing the first for­eign bank ap­proved to op­er­ate in China. It wit­nesses the process of China's fi­nan­cial open­ing up af­ter the coun­try's en­try into the WTO in 2001. by Jing Wei

De­cem­ber 1989: Work­ers at a pro­duc­tion line of an en­ter­prise in Huli In­dus­trial Zone in Xi­a­men, Fu­jian Province. In 1980, with the es­tab­lish­ment of Xi­a­men Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone, var­i­ous for­eign-funded en­ter­prises and pri­vate en­ter­prises sprouted, at­tract­ing many young peo­ple from ru­ral ar­eas to work in town. This kind of em­ploy­ment model has greatly pro­moted the in­te­gra­tion and de­vel­op­ment process of the ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas in China. by Jiang Duo

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