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Introduction

Ying Zhu, Michael Keane and Ruoyun Bai

in TV Drama in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099401
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099401.003.0001
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This book examines the production and consumption of TV drama in China and the genre's role in sustaining Chinese television as a cultural institution. First, it identifies three major categories of television dramas: pre-modern, modern, and the Republican era. The book then examines dramas that reflect ideology and continuity with the past and examines clashes of values in Chinese society. These dramas offer glimpses of the significant role Chinese TV drama assumes in social and cultural debates in contemporary China. The book also examines how international genres and styles influenced the production of local content and export markets. Finally, it examines the East Asian marketplace and its relationship to the future of Mainland Chinese TV drama.

Keywords: TV drama; China; values; genres; East Asia

Chapter.  6790 words. 

Subjects: Television

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