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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

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

Anthony Fung

Albert Moran

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098206.003.0009

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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