Family Saga Serial Dramas and Reinterpretation of Cultural Traditions

Janice Hua Xu

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:
Family Saga Serial Dramas and Reinterpretation of Cultural Traditions

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This chapter examines popular family saga dramas, analyzing their themes and cultural significance in the context of China's modernization drive. It identifies several major lines of conflict in these dramas—between individual desire and family interest, between modernity and tradition, and between family life and national political turmoil. In these conflicts, the pursuit of romance and maintenance of family social status are often polarized and intertwined in the story development. Such stories, situated in early twentieth-century China, actually address the concerns of contemporary viewers.

Keywords: family saga; modernization; family life; romance; social status

Chapter.  5941 words. 

Subjects: Television

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