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China Under Western Gaze

Author: Qing Cao
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814578312
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This book presents a critical analysis of the images of China portrayed in British television documentaries between 1980 and 2000. The examination is contextualized within the profound transformations of the post-reform China and global political structures in the last two decades of the 20th century. Using an innovative analytical framework based on Vladimir Propp, the book focuses on how different images of China are constructed through an effective use of TV narrative strategies. In particular it details how various strands of (Western) modernity underpin major discourses about China. The book will be valuable to the understanding of how China was perceived in the West during one of the most dramatic moments in modern history. Contents:China as an Image: History, Structure and PerspectivesTelevision Narrative as Discourse: Poetics of RepresentationLegitimate Controversy: China as a CivilisationA Struggle Without Heroes: Representing Republic of China, 1911–1949Consensus and Deviance: China as the Communist ‘Other ’, 1949–1989Road to Xanadu: A Case StudyBehind Representation: Discursive Strategies and Relations of PowerConclusions Readership: Researchers and students who are interested to understand how China was perceived in the West during the 1980–2000 period. Key Features:This is the first book-length study of television documentaries about China in a European countryThe book uses an innovative analytical method based on Vladimir Propp's narrative functions to decode televisual images of another countryIt focuses both on China images portrayed in the media and how those images are constructedKeywords:Western Images of China;Reporting China;TV DocumentariesReviews: “Cao Qing has established a reputation as a leader in the study of how the West views China, including in the areas of history, periodization and theory. In this new study, he takes up views of the big picture of Chinese civilization and history, but does so through one medium in one country during a comparatively short period, namely British television documentaries from 1980 to 2000. This makes for a valuable and interesting study of images, especially as transcripts of many of the relevant programmes are included. I recommend this book strongly as a learned but accessible and fascinating study, and am confident it will become acknowledged as a major contribution to the study of Western, especially British, perspectives on China.” Colin Mackerras Griffith University “Cao Qing has written a very important book. In successive epochs, the West has constructed different images of China and the Chinese — often as repulsive or revulsive, but always difficult to understand and, above all, somehow as threatening and alien. With the advent of modern technology and visual representation, leading to products of representation destined for global viewing, one would imagine greater care not to construct an Other race and culture on the basis of one's own fears, concerns or simple lack of knowledge. Perhaps it is a fear of knowledge. Cao Qing looks deeply at how the British have been representing China and the Chinese in the most modern and far-reaching of media. His findings are profound, very useful, but also profoundly disturbing.” Stephen Chan The Foundation Dean of Law and Social Sciences at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

China Under Western Gaze

Author: Qing Cao
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9789814578295
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China as an Image: History, Structure and Perspectives; Television Narrative as Discourse: Poetics of Representation; Legitimate Controversy: China as a Civilisation; A Struggle Without Heroes: Representing Republic of China, 19111949; Consensus and Deviance: China as the Communist Other, 19491989; Road to Xanadu: A Case Study; Behind Representation: Discursive Strategies and Relations of Power; Conclusions;

Western Perspectives On The People S Republic Of China

Author: Colin Mackerras
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 981456656X
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How have Westerners seen the People's Republic of China over the years? The question raises many important issues, which this book aims to present, analyze and explain. The basic conclusion is that Western perspectives are somewhat more complex than simply viewing China's realities. Involved also are politics and power relations, trends in journalism and scholarship, as well as individual and group personalities and psychologies. Based on extensive personal experiences in China dating back to 1964 and wide-ranging travel in Tibet and ethnic regions since the 1980s, the author attempts to distinguish trends in different Western countries. However, most of the material will concern the United States, which has been the dominant contributor to Western perspectives during the whole period of concern to this book. The perspectives are taken up by topic, including politics, economy, society, and ethnic minorities. Inherent in each topic is the way cultures see and react towards each other. Images and perspectives can affect policy, and have done so many times in the past, which adds to the importance of this book. It also takes up questions of the sources of Western perspectives, both in terms of direct sources, such as newspapers, television or the internet, and deeper ones, such as social values and temperament. Contents:IntroductionHistorical BackgroundPolitical and International Relations Perspectives on China, 1949–1971Trends in Political and Foreign Relations Perspectives on China, 1971–2001Political and General Western Perspectives on China in the Twenty-First CenturyPerspectives on the Chinese Economy, Population Policy and Environment to the End of the Twentieth CenturyThe Twenty-First Century: Perspectives on the Chinese Economy, Population Issues and EnvironmentSocio-cultural Perspectives on the People's Republic of ChinaPerspectives on the Ethnic MinoritiesConclusion Readership: Undergraduates, graduates, academics and researchers who are interested in Chinese politics, economy and society, especially its ethnic minorities. Keywords:Political and Foreign Relations;Chinese Economy;Population Policy and Environment;Socio-cultural Images;Ethnic MinoritiesKey Features:The book deals with a range of perspectives/images on the People's Republic of China, including the highly important and controversial topic of Western perspectives on the ethnic minorities, especially Tibet and the TibetansThe book incorporates the author's extensive personal experiences in the People's Republic dating back to 1964, and his extensive travel in Tibet and ethnic regions since the 1980s

Out Of China

Author: Robert Bickers
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1846146194
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The extraordinary and essential story of how China became the powerful country it is today. Even at the high noon of Europe's empires China managed to be one of the handful of countries not to succumb. Invaded, humiliated and looted, China nonetheless kept its sovereignty. Robert Bickers' major new book is the first to describe fully what has proved to be one of the modern era's most important stories: the long, often agonising process by which the Chinese had by the end of the 20th century regained control of their own country. Out of China uses a brilliant array of unusual, strange and vivid sources to recreate a now fantastically remote world: the corrupt, lurid modernity of pre-War Shanghai, the often tiny patches of 'extra-territorial' land controlled by European powers (one of which, unnoticed, had mostly toppled into a river), the entrepôts of Hong Kong and Macao, and the myriad means, through armed threats, technology and legal chicanery, by which China was kept subservient. Today Chinese nationalism stays firmly rooted in memories of its degraded past - the quest for self-sufficiency, a determination both to assert China's standing in the world and its outstanding territorial claims, and never to be vulnerable to renewed attack. History matters deeply to Beijing's current rulers - and Out of China explains why.

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EBONY is the flagship magazine of Johnson Publishing. Founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, it still maintains the highest global circulation of any African American-focused magazine.

Author: Guy Debord
Publisher: Metaichmio Publications
ISBN: 6180309639
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Στην Κοινωνία του θεάματος- που κυκλοφόρησε το 1947-, ο Guy Debord εκθέτει συνεκτικά τους τρόπους λειτουργίας της σύγχρονης κοινωνίας όπως διαμορφώνεται από τα τέλη της δεκαετίας του 1920 και γιγαντώνεται, παροξυσμικά και παρανοϊκά, έως τις μέρες μας. Μισό αιώνα μετά την πρώτη του έκδοση, αυτό το μοναδικό βιβλίο παραμένει δυναμικά επίκαιρο. Γράφει ο Debord: «Το θέαμα δεν μπορεί να εννοηθεί ως κατάχρηση ενός κόσμους της όρασης, ως το προιόν των τεχνικών μαζικής διάχυσης εικόνων. Είναι μάλλον μια Weltanschauung [κοσμοθεώρηση] που έγινε πραγματική, που εκφράστηκε υλικά. Είναι μια θεώρηση του κόσμου που έγινε αντικειμενική». Όσον αφορά τον ίδιο τον συγγραφέα, ακολούθησε στη ζωή και έως τον εκούσιο θάνατό του έναν και μοναδικό κανόνα. Τον συνοψίζει στον πρόλογο της Τρίτης γαλλικής έκδοσης του ανά χείρας έργου: «Οφείλει κανείς να διαβάσει αυτό το βιβλίο έχοντας κατά νου ότι γράφτηκε με την πρόθεση να βλάψει την κοινωνία του θεάματος. Δεν είπα ποτέ τίποτα το εξωφρενικό».