Voices from Public Assembly Trumpets: Sound Tool and Student Movement in Republican China

  • Xu, Ziming (Department of History, Nanjing University)
  • Received : 2020.12.01
  • Accepted : 2020.12.23
  • Published : 2020.12.31


In recent years, the studies on the student movement in Republican China have been more accurate. However, some areas still remain uncovered, such as the technology of student movement. In this paper, the author focuses on how students utilize sound tools in their movements, especially in public meetings. During the May 4th Movement and the 1920s, Chinese students mainly used speaking trumpets without electricity. In the 1930s, electric tools began to appear in student movement for sound propagation. In the student movement of postwar China, students of various political positions could make a use of loudspeaker, wired broadcasting, and megaphone or other equipments. The battle of sound had been part of the Chinese civil war. In general, sound tools had taken an important role in the history of student radicalism.



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