This is 张东阁 speaking. I think to understand this, I need to understand the mentality of China in the 1970s, but still, "主题先行" puzzles me. "Themes go first"?? What themes?

I started doing paper-cutting last century in the 70s.
At that time I was influenced by the "big themes come first" creative tide of thought,
I only wanted to serve our country at that time,
take up the important themes,
grasp the Zeitgeist,
in my expressive technique I mostly abandoned the influence of traditional paper-cutting.

  • 主题先行 here should be a technical term in 剪纸创作. This might not be a language question, but a technical one.
    – dan
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 2:05
  • just some quick notes: #1 scidict.org/… [电子信息,商业经济,生活,人文] 主题先行 theme first 收藏 跳转到该词 #2 books.google.com/… 影響比較:格里爾遜式與主題先行[Comparison and Influence: Grierson Mode and Subject First] #3 aaa.org.hk/en/collection/search/library/idea-performance-no-5-5 Idea Performance (No. 5), 主題先行 (總第5期)#4 subject choosing
    – Mou某
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 8:05
  • #5 google.com/… 10.Hu Feng Subject View and Subject Advance Thought Probe;胡风的主题观及其主题先行思想试探
    – Mou某
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 8:10
  • 当时到“主题先行”的创作思潮影响
    – tsh
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 6:18

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主题先行, as you said, it literally means "Themes go first".

But, "70年代" is the Cultural Revolution period, I suppose it refers to the situation that before artistic creation, the central theme has been decided by political factors; people has to do the creation accord with that.


  • different time period: baike.baidu.com/item/%E4%B8%BB%E9%A2%98%E5%85%88%E8%A1%8C “主题先行”指民国白色恐怖动乱期间...
    – user6065
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 2:54
  • @user6065 It's not the case for OP, who said it's "70年代".
    – user4072
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 2:58
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    @user6065 Do not trust baike.baidu. Many like this one are maliciously tampered.
    – Kabie
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 4:24

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