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Representing Lives in China

Representing Lives in China

Author: Ihor Pidhainy

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781942242918

Category: History

Page: 478

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The chapters in this ground-breaking volume examine the complex practices of biographical writing in Ming and Qing China. The authors draw on a rich variety of sources to answer some basic questions: Who were the writers of these texts and the subjects of their biographical constructions? What motivated these textual productions and sustained the routes from (re)creations to (re)publications? The informed and fascinating readings illuminate the enduring appeal of representing and represented lives in Chinese history.

Representing China on the Historical London Stage

Representing China on the Historical London Stage

Author: Dongshin Chang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135007515

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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This book provides a critical study of how China was represented on the historical London stage in selected examples from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century—which corresponds with the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), China’s last monarchy. The examples show that during this historical period, the stage representations of the country were influenced in turn by Jesuit writings on China, Britain’s expanding material interest in China, the presence of British imperial power in Asia, and the establishment of diasporic Chinese communities abroad. While finding that many of these works may be read as gendered and feminized, Chang emphasizes that the Jesuits’ depiction of China as a country of high culture and in perennial conflict with the Tartars gradually lost prominence in dramatic imaginations to depictions of China’s material and visual attractions. Central to the book’s argument is that the stage representations of China were inherently intercultural and open to new influences, manifested by the evolving combinations of Chinese and English (British) traits. Through the dramatization of the Chinese Other, the representations questioned, satirized, and put in sharp relief the ontological and epistemological bases of the English (British) Self.

Rogue Flows

Rogue Flows

Author: Koichi Iwabuchi

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789622096981

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

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Rogue Flows brings together some of the best and most knowledgeable writers on consumption and cultural theory to chart the under-explored field of cultural flows and consumption across different regions in Asia, and the importance of these flows in constituting contemporary Asian national identities. It offers innovative possibilities for envisioning how the transfer of popular and consumer culture (such as TV, music, film, advertising and commodities) across Asian countries has produced a new form of cross-cultural fertilisation within Asian societies, which does not merely copy Western counterparts. Rogue Flows is unique in its investigation of how “Asianness” is being exploited by Asian transnational cultural industries and how it is involved in the new power relations of the region. It is an important contribution to the literature of Asian cultural studies.

China Under Western Gaze

China Under Western Gaze

Author: Qing Cao

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789814578318

Category: History

Page: 262

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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

The Revival of China

The Revival of China

Author: MAO Min

Publisher: Mao Min

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 544

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The book is about the revival of China in the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. It has eight parts: (1) The civil revolution in China, (2) The countryside bases, (3) The Long Match of the Red Army, (4) The Anti Japanese War, (5) Decisive civil battles before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, (6) The Mao Era before the Great Cultural Revolution, (7) The Great Cultural Revolution, and (8) The Reform and opening up. This version of the book is without pictures.