1993 · China
Historical Context of China
China has always been a rather enigmatic figure in the eyes of the West, unique in its cultural and political institutions and quite restricted in essence, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly sophisticated and artistically lush culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective domains of the arts and sciences, and an astonishing number of innovations have been forged by Chinese artisans. This includes true porcelain, with kaolin as the main ingredient, which was developed in the early 1300s. It is not until 1722 that the Meissen factory in Germany discovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Throughout the modern and contemporary era, kept-back from the influence of the West. Until the onset of the twentieth century, the Imperial power of China, abundant of centuries old traditions, was prospering, but civil war shattered the country as the forces of Chiang Kai Shek and Mao Zedong fought for the control of this great country, its people and resources.