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Chinese Discourses on Happiness$
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Gerda Wielander and Derek Hird

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455720

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455720.001.0001

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Tibet and Happiness in Chinese Media Discourses

Tibet and Happiness in Chinese Media Discourses

Issues and Contestation

(p.44) 2 Tibet and Happiness in Chinese Media Discourses
Chinese Discourses on Happiness

Jigme Yeshe Lama

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter analyses happiness discourses in Tibet. It juxtaposes the official discourse of Tibet as a happy place resulting from economic development and favourable social policy with the “hidden transcript” based on the importance of Tibetan culture, which also manifests itself in the “infrapolitics” of the subordinated and desperate Tibetan population. The chapter draws on close analysis of media reports on happiness in Tibet and concludes that linking economic prosperity to happiness is a legitimizing tool by the Chinese government and a discourse mostly directed at China’s Han population, who, from a distance, do indeed perceive Tibet as a “happy” place. For Tibetans happiness constitutes more than prosperity and includes a revival of Tibetan spiritual culture, into which much of the newly accumulated prosperity is invested.

Keywords:   Media, Tibet, Happiness, Development, hegemonic discourse

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