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Discourse as Cultural Struggle$
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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

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

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098114.003.0006

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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