Posted by: glue | June 4, 2008

Grammatology of Chinese

Those using the occasion of the Beijing Olympics to protest against Chinese policies on humanitarian issues have been inventive in their use of pidgin imaging. In this example, the iconic scene of the student facing down a tank in Tiananmen Square (1989) is fused with the Olympic logo (the tank treads), to articulate the criticism. This use of modular signifieds in new combinations is a basic feature of Chinese writing in general.

Olympics protest poster

This example may be generalized into a device of iconics.


  1. Interesting how the Olympic rings approximate the appearance of a Borromean Loop that is so important to Lacan’s lectures on Joyce and movement of symptom to ‘sinthome.’

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