Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-12

Mainland China’s engagement with Hollywood is an interesting and complicated story. Hollywood marched into China and occupied more than 75 percent of the Chinese film market by the 1930s and 1940s. However, the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) by the Communist Party in 1949 marked...

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1. Cultural Policy as Negotiation of Power: The Chinese State’s Role and Strategies in Its Tug-of-War with Global Hollywood

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pp. 13-44

China’s Hollywood policy actually parallels its film sector’s marketization and industrialization process and its bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the context of its expedited pursuit of a “socialist market economy” after 1992. To borrow a phrase from the New York Times...

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2. The Debate about Hollywood

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pp. 45-74

The Chinese government and the Chinese nation are always concerned about the possible erosion of national culture and national identity. This central concern is evident in China’s encounter with Hollywood and is typically reflected in the extensive debate over the symbolic meanings of Hollywood...

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3. The Film Industry as Negotiation of Space

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pp. 75-104

Both China’s cultural policy and the debate about Hollywood can be viewed as instances of resistance to the domination of global capital and American culture. This chapter traces the formation of mainland China’s film industry, embodying production, distribution, and exhibition. I argue that this has...

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4. Artistic and Critical Cinema under a Triple Threat: Marketization, Hollywoodization, and State Censorship

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pp. 105-140

The latter half of 2012 was characterized by four stirring events in China’s film industry—all of them related to state censorship. These events did not happen in isolation; they represented film professionals’ newest attempt to challenge the authorities and China’s censorship...

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5. Chinese Martial Arts Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Hybridity and Soft Power

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pp. 141-162

The resurgence of Chinese martial arts cinema in the first decade of the twenty-first century is a remarkable phenomenon. Neither the genre nor its popularity is new, but its latest resurgence reflects social, political, and global forces with significant implications far beyond the genre’s entertainment value...

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Conclusion: The Chinese State, Hollywood, and Postsocialist Modernity

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pp. 163-172

In the preceding chapters I examined mainland China’s encounter with global Hollywood from 1994 to 2013. This complicated encounter is manifested in the Chinese state’s changing cultural policy and counterhegemonic strategies, in the extensive debate over Hollywood, and in the formation of the Chinese film...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 173-176

This book evolved over nearly ten years and involved not only my own serious commitment and hard work but also the help and guidance of others. I would like to express my deep gratitude to all the people who assisted me on this long journey. This book would not have been possible without...

Notes

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pp. 177-204

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 205-212

Index

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pp. 213-234