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New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination$
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Michael Keane, Anthony Y. H. Fung, and Albert Moran

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098206

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098206.001.0001

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The Artifice of Reality in East Asia

The Artifice of Reality in East Asia

(p.140) (p.141) 9 The Artifice of Reality in East Asia
New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination

Michael Keane

Anthony Fung

Albert Moran

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the influence of reality-television formats in East Asia and looks at how they function as alternative models of program investment and production. While reality television is a product of European and North American television systems, it has a different provenance in East Asian society. Reality television provides a fresh alternative to documentary, an expository form that state-owned broadcasters actively exploited for the explicit purpose of state-building. In 2002, the first survival reality show in East Asia, Into Shangrila, was conceived in China. Within a short time, other programs emerged such as Perfect Holiday and Indiana Jones. Most of these shows were promoted as exercises in documentary anthropology rather than just escapist game shows.

Keywords:   reality television, documentary, reality show, Into Shangrila, China, Perfect Holiday, Indiana Jones, documentary anthropology

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