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Chinese Television in the Twenty-First Century : Entertaining the Nation - Ruoyun Bai

Chinese Television in the Twenty-First Century

Entertaining the Nation

By: Ruoyun Bai (Editor), Geng Song (Editor)


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The past two decades witnessed the rise of television entertainment in China. Although television networks are still state-owned and Party-controlled in China, the ideological landscape of television programs has become increasingly diverse and even paradoxical, simultaneously subservient and defiant, nationalistic and cosmopolitan, moralistic and fun-loving, extravagant and mundane. Studying Chinese television as a key node in the network of power relationships, therefore, provides us with a unique opportunity to understand the tension-fraught and , paradox-permeated conditions of Chinese post-socialism.

This book argues for a serious engagement with television entertainment. rethinking, It addresses the following questions. How is entertainment television politically and culturally significant in the Chinese context? How have political, industrial, and technological changes in the 2000s affected the way Chinese television relates to the state and society? How can we think of media regulation and censorship without perpetuating the myth of a self-serving authoritarian regime vs. a subdued cultural workforce? What do popular televisual texts tell us about the unsettled and reconfigured relations between commercial television and the state? The book presents a number of studies of popular television programs that are sensitive to the changing production and regulatory contexts for Chinese television in the twenty-first century.

As an interdisciplinary study of the television industry, this book covers a number of important issues in China today, such as censorship, nationalism, consumerism, social justice, and the central and local authorities. As such, it will appeal to a broad audience including students and scholars of Chinese culture and society, media studies, television studies, and cultural studies.

Contributors used various techniquesa *textual analysis, interviews, correspondence--to gather data, and they support their arguments with interesting examples of particular shows, copious endnotes, and full bibliographies. - J. A. Lent, independent scholar

Introduction: Who's Afraid of Entertainment?, Ruoyun Bai and Geng Song Part I: Censorship, Entertainment and New Media 1. Disciplining the Boundaries of the Visible: Media Regulation and Censorship, Ruoyun Bai 2. Rethinking Censorship: The Case of Snail House, How Wee Ng 3. Entertainmentation of Social Issues: TV and Public Discourses, Jingsi Wu 4. Lifestyle Television: Between Socialist Ideology and Neoliberal Logic, Wanning Sun 5. Seamless Cities: Mobile Television, Joshua Neves 6. "The New Family Mediator": TV Mediation Programs in a "Harmonious Society", Shuyu Kong and Colin S. Hawes 7. Becoming Chinese: Foreigners Performances of the Chinese Nation in Televised Language and Culture Competitions, Lauren Gorfinkel and Andrew Chubb Part II: TV Drama: Power Relations and Ideological Fluidity 8. Constructing the Other: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism and Occidentalism, Geng Song 9. Screening Nationalism and More: Chinese Self vs. Japanese Devils, Frances Guo 10. Make the Present Serve the Past: Re-staging On Guard beneath the Neon Lights, Rong Cai 11. Villainous Heroes and the Human Villain: The Erasure of Class Discourse, Qian Gong 12. Tianxia Revisited: Family and Empire on the Television Screen, Kun Qian

ISBN: 9780415745123
ISBN-10: 0415745128
Series: Routledge Contemporary China Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 3rd October 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1