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Lianhuanhua (连环画) is a type of palm-size picture book of sequential drawings that narrate a story, popular in China in the 20th century. Its contents range from Chinese literary classics, fiction, non-fiction, translated literature, fairy tales, myths, folklore, and biography, etc.
People reading Lianhuanhua, Shanghai, 1951
After 1949, Lianhuanhua was further developed as a revolutionary art form and one of the popular ways of disseminating Communist ideology, social practices, and political campaigns. The collection of more than 450 Lianhuanhua at the East Asia Library were mostly published from the 1950s to the 1970s. The contents and artistic presentation of the Lianhuanhua are valuable sources for research on propaganda, visual art, and the history of contemporary China.