A dystopian satire, the Xingshi Yinyuan Zhuan provides fascinating insights into late imperial China’s popular culture. Using an array of sources, Carnival in China develops a style of reading that explores the desires, dreams, fears and nightmares of seventeenth-century Chinese citizens.
This book discusses the rich and varied culture of China's online society, and its impact on offline China. It argues that the Internet in China is a separate 'space', and is more than merely a technological or media extension of offline Chinese society.
With Foreword writer John Keane The era of the Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao was one in which China became richer, more powerful, more prominent and more vexed. This series of essays, originally published on the Open Democracy website between 2006 and 2013, attempts to make sense of the cultural, political and economic dynamics within which China operates. They deal with internal and external matters, and cover a range of topics, from the fall out over the award of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo to the build-up in 2008 to the Beijing Olympics. Furnished with a comprehensive introduction which sets out an assessment of where China was heading in the first and second decades of the 21st century, the essays encompass voices from the political elite, the migrant labourers and the complex patchwork of groups, people and interests that constitute a rising China whose influence is now felt across the world. Carnival China is a celebration of the confusion, dynamism and colour of China, presented through short essays which were written at the time key events happened and which capture and analyse the country's contradictions and complexities. Contents:IntroductionThe Context: Governing ChinaSociety in Carnival China: The Beautiful, the Damned and the OlympicsChina and the Outside WorldThe Road to 2012: The Leadership TransitionThe Enemies Within: Separatists, Dissidents, and the ProtestorsFollowing the Money: The Chinese EconomyAfter Hu Jintao Readership: Social science students and individuals interested in Chinese politics. Key Features:Captures the feelings and impact of key events in China and its repercussions across the world as they happenedCovers a critical period in China's developmentAddresses some of the major themes of modern China — the way it relates to the world, its political elite and their intentions, its sense of self and identity and how this is often contestedKeywords:China;Politics;Hu Jintao;Politburo;Communist PartyReviews: “Fascinating and pleasurable to read in equal measure, it is a political anthropology of contemporary China that represents much more than an alluring chest of treasured observations of the bamboozling ins and outs of social and political trends in contemporary China. His smart and discerning study of the carnival called China spotlights the many ways China's global ambitions are held back by confusions and contradictions at home.” The Conversation “The tone and layout of Carnival China works well for the non-specialist reader. For those who want a quick fix of knowledge, filtered through the mind of an astute political pundit, passionate Sinophile and Mandarin-speaking specialist, Carnival China definitely deserves a quick read.” New Welsh Review
Craziness and Carnival in Neo-Noir Chinese Cinema offers an in-depth discussion of the stone phenomenon in Chinese film production and cinematic discourses triggered by the extraordinary success of the 2006 low-budget film, Crazy Stone. Surveying the nuanced implications of the film noir genre, Harry Kuoshu argues that global neo noir maintains a mediascape of references, borrowings, and re-workings and explores various social and cultural issues that constitute this Chinese episode of neo noir. Combining literary explorations of carnival, postmodernism, and post-socialism, Kuoshu advocates for neo noir as a cultural phenomenon that connects filmmakers, film critics, and film audiences rather than an industrial genre. Harry H. Kuoshu is Herring Endowed Chair in Asian Studies and Film Studies at Furman University, USA, where he teaches courses on Chinese film, literature, culture and language. In addition to scholarly articles, he is the author of Lightness of Being in China (1999), Celluloid China (2002), and Metro Movies: Cinematic Urbanism in Post-Mao China (2011).
CARNIVAL OF SOULS: Everyone Loves A Clown (Chinese Edition) Book Two in Jazan Wild's Carnival Of Souls Series: In, "Everyone Loves a Clown" Jazan and the other carny character's wicked fun ride continues. This time, discover the clown Jexter's twisted origin. Jazan struggles to accept his place within a caravan of the damned. Meanwhile, the witch Mother Yagga takes us on a journey to medieval times, where two kids are just clowning around in the dungeons. There, they stumble upon a painted skull... the skull of a god! Enter The Carnival! "ENTER THE CARNIVAL" "CARNIVAL COMICS" and "CARNIVAL OF SOULS" are Registered Trademarks.
CARNIVAL OF SOULS : All Hell's Breaking Loose (Chinese Edition) Book Three in Jazan Wild's Carnival Of Souls Series. All Hell's Breaking Loose as this crazy caravan of the dammed rolls on! The crystal ball reveals a Gypsy's past and Esmeralda has to confront her darkest secrets! The Big Top is set ablaze and a Carny lies dead in the ashes. It all comes to a head, here in this... the conclusion of Jazan's story and possibly the end of the Carnival itself! Don't enter a carnival... ENTER THE CARNIVAL! (Before it fades into the moonlight!) "ENTER THE CARNIVAL" "CARNIVAL COMICS" and "CARNIVAL OF SOULS" are Registered Trademarks.
This volume focuses on the intersection of religion and media in China, bringing interdisciplinary approaches to bear on the role of religion in the lives of individuals and greater shifts within Chinese society in an increasingly media-saturated environment. With case studies focusing on Mainland China (including Tibet), Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as diasporic Chinese communities outside Asia, contributors consider topics including the historical and ideological roots of media representations of religion, expressions of religious faith online and in social media, state intervention (through both censorship and propaganda), religious institutions’ and communities’ use of various forms of media, and the role of the media in relations between online/offline and local/diaspora communities. Chapters engage with the major religious traditions practiced in contemporary China, namely Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, and new religious movements. Religion and the Media in China serves as a critical survey of case studies and suggests theoretical and methodological tools for a thorough and systematic study of religion in modern China. Contributors to the volume include historians of religion, sinologists, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and media and communication scholars. The critical theories that contributors develop around key concepts in religion—such as authority, community, church, ethics, pilgrimage, ritual, text, and practice—contribute to advancing the emerging field of religion and media studies.
This is the second travelogue to Latin America, "Wandering the Southern Hemisphere: Chile and Peru". It records every little detail of Tang's fantastic experience in not only some Latin American countries familiar to everyone, such as Bolivia, Suriname, Venezuela, Columbia and Brazil, but the ABC Islands in the Caribbean, which are foreign to most. The book is full of beautiful colour photos of South American landscapes and its people.
China’s distinctive social media platforms have gained notable popularity among the nation’s vast number of internet users, but has China’s countryside been ‘left behind’ in this communication revolution? Tom McDonald spent 15 months living in a small rural Chinese community researching how the residents use social media in their daily lives. His ethnographic findings suggest that, far from being left behind, many rural Chinese people have already integrated social media into their everyday experience.Throughout his ground-breaking study, McDonald argues that social media allows rural people to extend and transform their social relationships by deepening already existing connections with friends known through their school, work or village, while also experimenting with completely new forms of relationships through online interactions with strangers, particularly when looking for love and romance. By juxtaposing these seemingly opposed relations, rural social media users are able to use these technologies to understand, capitalise on and challenge the notions of morality that underlie rural life.
Exploring the works of key women writers within their cultural, artistic and socio-political contexts, this book considers changes in the perception of women in early modern China. The sixteenth century brought rapid developments in technology, commerce and the publishing industry that saw women emerging in new roles as both consumers and producers of culture. This book examines the place of women in the cultural elite and in society more generally, reconstructing examples of particular women’s personal experiences, and retracing the changing roles of women from the late Ming to the early Qing era (1580-1700). Providing rich detail of exceptionally fine, interesting and engaging literary works, this book opens fascinating new windows onto the lives, dreams, nightmares, anxieties and desires of the authors and the world out of which they emerged.
Anyone who visits India or China will puzzle over their vast media systems. Though they exercise immense influence, the world knows very little about the media landscape in the two countries. The world’s two most populous countries, comprising close to 40 per cent of the global population, have disputed boundaries and the legacy of the 1962 war. Mass media in both countries plays a pivotal role in domestic politics and is capable of telling provocative nationalist stories. This book helps readers to understand the complexities of media in India and China, and their similarities and differences. It introduces the two media systems, the people who work in them, the work they produce and the pressures that influence their work. It analyses how economic forces drive media, how newsrooms work and how governments in each country manage the coverage of disasters. Media at Work in China and India fosters greater reflection, curiosity and, perhaps, even wisdom, about fast-changing media in these 21st century powerhouses.
Unprecedented social change in China has intensified the contradictions faced by ordinary people. In everyday life, people find themselves caught between official and popular discourses, encounter radically different representations of China's past and its future, and draw on widely diverse moral frameworks. This volume explores irony and cynicism as part of the social life of local communities in China, and specifically in relation to the contemporary Chinese state. It collects ethnographies of irony and cynicism in social action, written by a group of anthropologists who specialise in China. They use the lenses of irony and cynicism - broadly defined to include resignation, resistance, humour, ambiguity and dialogue - to look anew at the social, political and moral contradictions faced by Chinese people. The various contributions are concerned with both the interpretation of intentions in everyday social action and discourse, and the broader theoretical consequences of such interpretations for an understanding of the Chinese state. As a study of irony and cynicism in modern China and their implications on the social and political aspects of everyday life, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of social and cultural anthropology, Chinese culture and society, and Chinese politics.
FUNHOUSE OF HORRORS: Carnival Of Horrors (Chinese Edition) Book Four in Jazan Wild's Funhouse Of Horrors Series. It's Halloween again my friends, the Funhouse has opened its doors. Jacob 'Jake' Stone is all alone, except for the ghouls crawling beneath the floor. So many scares, so many haunts, so many unearthed fears. No wonder there's no light on, no candy in the bowl this year. Stone's sick of the horrors, he's sick of the ghosts, he's tired of penning them all down. So what's left to do, when you hate Halloween? Why, you send in the clown! That's right Kiddos... in this final issue of the Funhouse of Horrors, the clown is sent in indeed. When Jake Stone "Ghost Writer" gets a mysterious letter (postmarked a lifetime ago) inviting our favorite paranormal investigator to look into strange happenings at a Carnival... suddenly a familiar painted face appears. You got it! Jexter and his entire Carnival of Souls make a surprise appearance! Trick or Treat! Two spooky worlds are about to meet... in this Carnival Of Souls / Funhouse Of Horrors cross-over! Get your ticket and Enter if You Dare!!! You for sure will be in for a good scare! "CARNIVAL COMICS" and "FUNHOUSE OF HORRORS" are Registered Trademarks.
The question of how China will relate to a globalising world is one of the key issues in contemporary international relations and scholarship on China, yet the angle of innovation has not been properly addressed within the field. This book explores innovation in China from an International Relations perspective in terms of four areas: foreign and security policy, international relations theory, soft power/image management, and resistance. Under the complex condition of globalisation, innovation becomes a particularly useful analytical concept because it is well suited to capturing the hybridity of actors and processes under globalisation. By adopting this theme, studies not only reveal a China struggling to make the future through innovation, but also call attention to how China itself is made in the process. The book is divided into four sections: Part 1 focuses on conceptual innovation in China’s foreign and security policies since 1949. Part 2 explores theoretical innovation in terms of a potential Chinese school of International Relations Theory. Part 3 expands on innovation in terms of image management, a form of soft power, in particular how China exports its image both to a domestic and foreign audience. Part 4 highlights how innovation is used in China by grassroot popular groups to resist official narratives. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese studies, Chinese foreign policy and international relations, international relations theory and East Asian security.
Museum Representations of Chinese Diasporas is the first book to analyse the recent upsurge in museums on Chinese diasporas in China. Examining heritage-making beyond the nation state, the book provides a much-needed, critical examination of China’s engagement with its diasporic communities. Drawing on fieldwork in more than ten museums, as well as interviews with museum practitioners and archival study, Wang offers a timely analysis of the complex ways in which Chinese diasporas are represented in the museum space of China, the ancestral homeland. Arguing that diasporic heritage is highly ambivalent and introducing a diasporic perspective to the study of cultural heritage, this book opens up a new avenue of inquiry into the study and management of cultural heritage in China and beyond. Most importantly, perhaps, Wang sheds new light on the dynamic between China and Chinese diasporas through the lens of the museum. Museum Representations of Chinese Diasporas takes a transnational perspective that will draw attention to the under-researched connections between heritage, mobility and meaning in a global context. As such, this cross-disciplinary work will be of interest to scholars and students working in the museum and heritage studies fields, as well as those studying Asia, China, migration and diaspora, anthropology, history and culture.
The book focuses more on the study of cruise economy industry chain based on the previous editions and the latest trend of China’s cruise economy. It includes the Special Topic: Cruise Economic Reform and Innovation in the New Era, explores Asia cruise economic prosperity index, China’s cruise economy whole-industry-chain strategy in the new era, and the development of cruise destinations in the context of the Yangtze River Delta integration. The volume provides a good reference for better promoting the high-quality development of China’s cruise market.