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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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Western Representations of the Other

Western Representations of the Other

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(p.105) 7 Western Representations of the Other
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Discourse as Cultural Struggle
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Qing Cao

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098114.003.0007

This chapter examines Western representations of China with special reference to the mass media and highlights the cultural power processes in the Western discourse of the “Other”. It describes the broad patterns of Western images of China in the last two decades of the twentieth century and contextualizes them in the political and historical conditions. It suggests that the portrayal of China as a Western symbolic management of the “Other” constitutes part of its socio-political processes in which its own values, assumptions, and cultural identities are confirmed and reproduced.

Keywords:   China, mass media, cultural power, Western discourse, socio-political processes

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