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Document Type

Journal Article

Authors

Ruth Y. Y. Hung

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Title

The state and the market: Chinese TV serials and the case of Woju (Dwelling Narrowness)

Language

English

Abstract

The production, consumption, and state control of Chinese TV serial drama can be seen as an instrument of power and profit maximization as well as a medium for mass education and homogenization in the form of popular culture. The serial drama Woju (Dwelling narrowness) (2009) exemplifies the ways in which a prime-time TV serial in twenty-first-century China is a politically, socially, and commercially significant enterprise. Since the 1980s, primetime serials have emerged as a distinctly successful medium with and through which the Chinese party-state exercises ideological control by entertainment rather than oppression. Indeed, not only did Woju enjoy huge audience popularity, it also benefited from considerable tolerance of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT), which, according to the website Danwai, allowed the drama to "slip" through its guidelines. © 2011 by Duke University Press.

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture

Volume

38

Issue

2

Start Page

155

End Page

187

Publisher

Duke University Press

ISSN (print)

01903659

ISSN (electronic)

15272141

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