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'Gengzi Guobian Tanci' (; "'Tanci', on the Boxer Rebellion of 1900" or "The 'tanci' of the national calamity of 1900" or "The National Disturbances of the Year 'Gengzi'")PL, p. [https://books.google.com/books?id=KZ0lJDL_1nsC&pg=PA547 547]. is a 'tanci' written by Li Baojia (Li Boyuan), composed in 1902.Idema, p. [https://books.google.com/books?id=1jGz0qXPgM0C&pg=PA387 387].

Written immediately after the Boxer Rebellion, it was Li Baojia's first major literary work, serialized in the 'Shanghai Shijie Fanhua Bao'. He wrote this 'tanci' in order to remind the public of the event as a historical lesson, to show an accurate picture of the event, and so the memories of the event would remain fresh.PL, p. [https://books.google.com/books?id=KZ0lJDL_1nsC&pg=PA548&lpg=PA548 548]. Li Baojia said that he chose the 'tanci' form because it would be easy for the common people including women and children to understand the song and make them remember the incident it was named after.Wang, Lingzhen, p. [https://books.google.com/books?id=9DVHfSI30bkC&pg=PA54 54]. It is an example of a 'tanci' for a political and social purpose.

The work portrays the Boxers as being foolish and fraudulent, and it portrays the officials who supported the Boxers as being crooked. That viewpoint is considered politically incorrect in China as of 2010. Wilt L. Idema wrote in the article "Prosimetric and verse narrative" within 'The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature: From 1375', that because of the portrayal of the Boxers and their supporters, 'Gengzi Guobian Tanci' "is neglected by modern scholars".

See also

* 'Boxers and Saints'


* Idema, Wilt L. "Prosimetric and verse narrative." p. 343-214. In: Chang, Kang-i Sun and Stephen Owen (editors). 'The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature: From 1375'. Cambridge University Press, 2010. , 9780521855594.

* PL, "Li Pao-chia." In: Nienhauser, William H. (editor). 'The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature, Part 1'. Indiana University Press, 1986. , 9780253329837.

* Wang, Lingzhen. 'Personal Matters: Women's Autobiographical Practice in Twentieth-century China'. Stanford University Press, 2004. , 9780804750059.


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