Early 20th Century China: The 1930s
In the decades that followed, this aura of hopefulness gave way to despair. While the 1920s Shanghai Sketch magazines revel in the modern, displaying imported Western commodities like cars, clothing, and hairstyles, the covers of Manhua and Current Events from the 1930s portray a darker mood on the rise. This era saw escalating civil war, the Japanese invasion of 1937, mounting Western interests, and China’s inability to manage the increasing chaos. Writer and activist Lu Xun’s quote, “Lies that were written in ink can never cover up the truths that were written in blood,” encapsulates China’s struggles in the first decades of the twentieth century.