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Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-Era China

Xueping Zhong

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834173
eISBN:
9780824870010
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834173.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

Serialized television drama dianshiju, perhaps the most popular and influential cultural form in China over the past three decades, offers a wide and penetrating look at the tensions and ... More


Re-collecting “History” on Television: “Emperor Dramas,” National Identity, and the Question of Historical Consciousness

Xueping Zhong

in Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-Era China

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834173
eISBN:
9780824870010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834173.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines the rise of Chinese dramas about dynastic emperors. These dramas have become an important subcategory of “history drama” on television. It argues that emperor dramas and ... More


Mainstream Culture Refocused: Toward an Understanding of Chinese Television Drama

Xueping Zhong

in Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-Era China

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834173
eISBN:
9780824870010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834173.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This introductory chapter first highlights the “fate” of Chinese mainstream culture and debates about it in the West, with a brief observation about their own sociocultural particularities. It argues ... More


Looking through the Negatives: Filmic-Televisual Intertextuality and Ideological Renegotiations

Xueping Zhong

in Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-Era China

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834173
eISBN:
9780824870010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834173.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses three films that use television as a motif. These are Ermo (Ermo, dir. Zhou Xiaowen, 1994), Unknown Pleasures (Ren xiaoyao, dir. Jia Zhangke, 2002), and Still Life (Sanxia ... More


Beyond Romance: “Youth Drama,” Social Change, and the Postrevolution Search for Idealism

Xueping Zhong

in Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-Era China

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834173
eISBN:
9780824870010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834173.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter focuses on Chinese youth drama, a subgenre on television that offers yet another interesting example of mainstream culture’s representations of social contradictions and ideological ... More


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