TV China

TV China

Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/28/2009
Format: Paperback 8 b&w photos, 4 figures
ISBN: 978-0-253-22026-4
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If radio and film were the emblematic media of the Maoist era, television has rapidly established itself as the medium of the "marketized" China and in the diaspora. In less than two decades, television has become the dominant medium across the Chinese cultural world. TV China is the first anthology in English on this phenomenon. Covering the People's Republic, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora, these 12 original essays introduce and analyze the Chinese television industry, its programming, the policies shaping it, and its audiences.

Author Bio

Ying Zhu is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Media Culture, City University of New York, Staten Island.

Chris Berry is Professor of Film and Television Studies in the Department of Media and Communication at Goldsmiths College, University of London.


There is nothing currently comparable in English, and quite possibly in any language.Fills an important gap in both Chinese studies and media studies.

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Table of Contents


Introduction Ying Zhu and Chris Berry

Part 1. Institution
1. Toward Television Regionalization in Greater China and Beyond Joseph M. Chan
2. CCTV in the Reform Years: A New Model for China's Television? Junhao Hong, Yanmei Lü, and William Zou
3. Hong Kong Television: Same as It Ever Was? Karin Gwinn Wilkins

Part 2. Programming
4. Shanghai Television's Documentary Channel: Chinese Television as Public Space Chris Berry
5. Made in Taiwan: An Analysis of Meteor Garden as an East Asian Idol Drama Hsiu-Chuang Deppman
6. Ritual, Television, and State Ideology: Rereading CCTV's 2006 Spring Festival Gala Xinyu Lu

Part 3. Reception
7. Mediation Journalism in Chinese Television: Double-Time Narrations of SARS Haiqing Yu
8. Building a Chinese "Middle Class": Consumer Education and Identity Construction in Television Land Janice Hua Xu
9. Chinese Television Audience Research Tongdao Zhang

Part 4. Going Global
10. Hong Kong Television and the Making of New Diasporic Imaginaries Amy Lee
11. Globalizing Television: Chinese Satellite Television outside Greater China Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong
12. Transnational Circulation of Chinese-Language Television Dramas Ying Zhu

Appendix: Relevant Milestone Events in the Development of Chinese Television
List of Contributors