A Chinese Christmas Story

Gary Sigley

in Discourse as Cultural Struggle

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9789622098114
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206830 | DOI:
A Chinese Christmas Story

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This chapter examines the popular Christmas celebration in the broader context of China's unfolding social transformation. It highlights the interconnectivity of political, economic, and cultural discourses. It treats the Christmas celebration as an allegory for the celebration of China's integration with the global economy and of the emergence of a so-called consumer democracy. It suggests that any examination of the discourse of Christmas and cultural nationalism in China must take into account what is excluded just as much as what is included.

Keywords: Christmas celebration; China; social transformation; cultural discourses; global economy; consumer democracy; cultural nationalism

Chapter.  6574 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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