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Discourses of Cultural China in the Globalizing Age$
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Doreen D. Wu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099128

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099128.001.0001

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Confucianism and Utilitarianism in Jiang-Clinton Rhetoric

Confucianism and Utilitarianism in Jiang-Clinton Rhetoric

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(p.129) 7 Confucianism and Utilitarianism in Jiang-Clinton Rhetoric
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Discourses of Cultural China in the Globalizing Age
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D. Ray Heisey

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099128.003.0008

This chapter analyzes the rhetoric of President Jiang of the People's Republic of China and President Clinton of the United States in their respective visits to the other's country and shows that while both speakers conform to their respective cultural characteristics on Confucianism versus Utilitarianism dimensions, they creatively adapt to the other's cultural values in terms of political communication as well. It first presents the discourse systems of Confucianism and Utilitarianism, then the context of the speeches, the method of analysis, the language and arguments used by Jiang in the Harvard address and the Beijing joint press conference, the language and arguments used by Clinton in the Peking University address and the same press conference, and finally, the discussion of the findings and the conclusion.

Keywords:   President Clinton, PRC, President Jiang, Confucianism, Utilitarianism, political communication

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