Political Cartoon and China in the First Half of the 20th Century Cover Image

Политическата карикатура и Китай през първата половина на 20 век
Political Cartoon and China in the First Half of the 20th Century

Author(s): Ivelina Vatova
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics
Published by: Великотърновски университет „Св. св. Кирил и Методий”
Keywords: political cartoon; image; international communication; China; dragon; visual dialogue.

Summary/Abstract: The political cartoon is an instrument for symbolic image creation and interpretation. In the mass audience’s perception, it is a media entertainment technique. However, it is an important nonverbal information channel respecting the vision of the artist who is watching the world as a public mocking-bird; his comments may exaggerate circumstances but never change facts. Entering the mass media sphere, it has swiftly gone beyond the national perception framework. A successful cartoon is a critical social supervisor and stimulator; in the media space it is a creator of news infotainment. This article is the result of the first Bulgarian academic attempt to examine its role in the East-West communication relationship, positioning China as a specific epicenter. The outcome has answered the researcher’s initial question: in respect to the holistic perception of international communication, is it compulsory for the recipient to be well-acquainted with various knowledge fields relevant to the correlation between national culture and international intercultural contextuality.