China, at Party Congress, Lauds Its Cultural Advances – NYTimes.com

The term for marshaling your cultural institutions, exporting them, and getting other countries’ population to like and adore you is “soft power”–explained most adeptly by Joseph Nye of Harvard’s Kennedy School.  China is in a competition not only for economic growth, but they also strive to dominate in this arena, as well.

“Guidance is the soul” of these moves, said Tian Jin, party secretary of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. “We always insist on political responsibility, social responsibility and cultural responsibility.”

Mr. Tian said some industries were facing challenges. For filmmakers, an agreement this year with the United States allows more American companies to distribute more movies and reap a greater share of the box office in China. He said that from January to October, box office revenues amounted to $2.1 billion. Chinese films, however, lost their dominance in their home market, accounting for 41.4 percent of this gross.

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3 thoughts on “China, at Party Congress, Lauds Its Cultural Advances – NYTimes.com

  1. Jackie Clark says:

    Until China resolves the problems occurring in Tibet, I doubt they will receive they will gain this cultural-based adoration.

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/china-slams-dalai-lama-tibetan-immolates-17697568#.UKLkPeTpf1o

  2. I thought this article took an interesting spin with its final remarks geared towards the Chinese film industry. Personally, I have a very difficult time watching Chinese movies. They don’t tend to appeal to my tastes. But it seems reassuring that the Chinese government has recently determined to open their movie market a little bit more to foreign films. I, like Mr. Tian, kind of hope that Chinese filmmakers will step up their act in the midst of this new competition and start producing films that are more entertaining to watch. It certainly seems like they should have the resources at their disposal to produce better and more entertaining films.

    I also like the larger goal that is motivating these changes: “the government, while still fiercely protecting the domestic [film] industry, is starting to soften its stance because it wants China’s cultural importance in the world to match its economic prowess.” I guess it’s not really surprising that the Chinese want to dominate the world of culture as much as they do the economic world. But I can’t help saying that I am curious to see if this huge concentration on culture will go anywhere. I can’t see anything wrong with the idea of a stronger presence of Chinese film eventually penetrating into our American film culture… but if Chinese film can’t “get its act together,” this Chinese cultural “push” may end up backfiring.

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