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Western Representations of the Other

Qing Cao

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098114.003.0007
Western Representations of the Other

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This chapter examines Western representations of China with special reference to the mass media and highlights the cultural power processes in the Western discourse of the “Other”. It describes the broad patterns of Western images of China in the last two decades of the twentieth century and contextualizes them in the political and historical conditions. It suggests that the portrayal of China as a Western symbolic management of the “Other” constitutes part of its socio-political processes in which its own values, assumptions, and cultural identities are confirmed and reproduced.

Keywords: China; mass media; cultural power; Western discourse; socio-political processes

Chapter.  7840 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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