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Xu Shi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098114

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098114.001.0001

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A Chinese Christmas Story

A Chinese Christmas Story

(p.91) 6 A Chinese Christmas Story
Discourse as Cultural Struggle

Gary Sigley

Hong Kong University Press

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

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