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The Dilemma of Chinese National Culturalism: the Case of the TV Program 'General Shi Lang'

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Gao, MCF (2007) The Dilemma of Chinese National Culturalism: the Case of the TV Program 'General Shi Lang'. Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 4 (1). ISSN 1449-2490

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Abstract

With the rise of China's status on international stage as a result of its economic
development there is an increasingly audible voice of Chinese cultural nationalism.
More and more educators and intellectuals are calling for the revival of Chinese
traditional culture values. However, the very issues of who are the Chinese and what
are traditional Chinese cultural values present a huge dilemma. The debates on a
recent a TV program "General Shi Lang" consist a good case to illustrate this
dilemma. Shi Lang was a general of the last days of the Ming Dynasty, but had
surrendered to the Manchu Qing dynasty invaders and fought for the Machus take
over Taiwan from a Chinese ruler. The debates show that the dilemma has its cause in
at least three issues. First, it is not at all obvious who should be categorized as
Chinese. Secondly, it is not at all obvious what Chinese cultural values are. And
finally it is the issue of evaluation of traditional values against the universal claim of
the values of liberal democracy.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
Publisher: University of Technology, Sydney, Institute for International Studies
ISSN: 1449-2490
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:02
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:32
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