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China's Encounter with Global Hollywood"Cultural Policy and the Film Industry, 1994-2013"$
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Wendy Su

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167060

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167060.001.0001

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The Debate about Hollywood

The Debate about Hollywood

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China's Encounter with Global Hollywood

Wendy Su

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the debate over the validity of the Chinese government’s Hollywood import policy and the symbolic meaning of Hollywood movies. It investigates the main discourses and arguments of the three major interpretive communities and discusses how the debate involves theoretical arguments about cultural homogeneity and heterogeneity. The chapter teases out China’s unique yet ambivalent perspective on globalization, contributing new insights into the role of the postsocialist state in the global-local interplay. The author contends that China’s debate over Hollywood cinema actually serves as a reference for the Chinese people to make sense of their own modernization process and national identity. The entire debate, in fact, reflects China’s quest for a new, modern national identity and how the Chinese can draw on the American experience to build a modern China.

Keywords:   discourse, debate, cultural homogeneity, culture heterogeneity, cultural imperialism, globalization, universality, Hollywood cinema, modernization, national identity

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