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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: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674982339
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China’s new nationalism is rooted not in its present power but in shameful memories of its former weaknesses. Invaded, humiliated, and looted by foreign powers in the past, China looks out at the twenty-first century through the lens of the past two centuries. History matters deeply to Beijing’s current rulers, and Robert Bickers explains why.

The New Scramble For Africa

Author: Pádraig Carmody
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1509507116
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Once marginalized in the world economy, Africa today is a major global supplier of crucial raw materials like oil, uranium and coltan. China's part in this story has loomed particularly large in recent years, and the American military footprint on the continent has also expanded. But a new scramble for resources, markets and territory is now taking place in Africa involving not just state, but non state-actors, including Islamic fundamentalist and other rebel groups. The second edition of Pádraig Carmody's popular book explores the dynamics of the new scramble for African resources, markets, and territory and the impact of current investment and competition on people, the environment, and political and economic development on the continent. Fully revised and updated throughout, its chapters explore old and new economic power interests in Africa; oil, minerals, timber, biofuels, land, food and fisheries; and the nature and impacts of Asian and South African investment in manufacturing and other sectors. The New Scramble for Africa will be essential reading for students of African studies, international relations and resource politics, as well as anyone interested in current affairs.

Television And The Modernization Ideal In 1980s China

Author: Huike Wen
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739178873
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Television and the Modernization Ideal in 1980s China: Dazzling the Eyes explores Chinese television history in the pivotal decade of the 1980s and explains the intellectual reception of television in China during this time. While the Chinese media has often been a topic within studies of globalization and the global political economy, scholarly attention to the history of Chinese television requires a more extensive and critical view of the interaction between television and culture. Using theories of media technology, globalization, and gender studies supplemented by Chinese periodicals including Life Out of 8 Hours, Popular TV, Popular Cinema, Modern Family, and Chinese Advertising, as well as oral history interviews, this book re-examines how Western technology was introduced to and embedded into Chinese culture. Wen compares and analyzes television dramas produced in China and imported from other nations while examining the interaction between various ideologies of Chinese society and those of the international media. Moreover, she explores how the hybridity between Western television culture and Chinese traditions were represented in popular Chinese visual media, specifically the confusions and ambitions of modernization and the negotiation between tradition and modernity, nationalism and internationalism, in the intellectual reception of television in China.

Documentary Screens

Author: Keith Beattie
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137207329
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Documentary productions encompass remarkable representations of surprising realities. How do documentaries achieve their ends? What types of documentaries are there? What factors are implicated in their production? Such questions animate this engaging study. Documentary Screens is a comprehensive and critical study of the formal features and histories of central categories of documentary film and television. Among the categories examined are autobiographical, indigenous and ethnographic documentary, compilation films, direct cinema and cinema verite and television documentary journalism. The book also considers recent so-called popular factual entertainment and the future of documentary film, television and new media. This provocative and accessible analysis situates wide-ranging examples from each category within the larger material forces which impact on documentary form and content. The important connection between form, content and context explored in the book constitutes a new and lively 'documentary studies' approach to documentary representation.

China S Dilemma

Author: Ligang Song
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780815701927
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The economic growth of China is clearly one of the defining trends of our time. The world's most populous nation is undergoing a vast transformation that will redefine the global economy. Chinese industrial production has increased tremendously in recent years, and its consumption of resources has necessarily gone way up as well. These developments will have important impacts on economics, business, politics, and environmental conditions throughout the world. In C hina's Dilemma: Economic Growth, the Environment, and Climate Change, an international group of authorities examines the present status and likely future of China's economic rise and its impact on the environment, with particular focus on the all-important topic of global climate change. The first section addresses directly China's recent growth. Specific topics addressed here include the effects on China of the global credit crunch, determinants of growth, and their prospects for the future. Part II addresses China's environmental and climate concerns, including the impact on human health, their role in domestic politics, the health effects of environmental damage, and China's post- Kyoto climate strategy. Part III looks at the impact, and likely trajectory, of energy consumption in China. Contents Part I. Economic Growth: Determinants and Prospects Includes introduction Part II. Impact of Environment Degradation and Climate Change Part III. Energy Use, the Environment, and Future Trends


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