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Representing History in Chinese Media
The TV Drama "Zou Xiang Gonghe" (Towards the Republic)
Reihe: Asien: Forschung und Wissenschaft/LIT Studies on Asia
Bd. 1, 2007, 224 S., 19.90 EUR, 19.90 CHF, gb., ISBN 978-3-8258-0787-0
Historical TV dramas are a highly popular genre in the People's Republic of China and an important, contested factor in shaping historical consciousness of the populace. The monumental TV drama Zou xiang gonghe made a stir when aired by China Central Television in the spring of 2003. Because of its unconventional representation of the historically critical time-span 1890-1917, the TV drama sparked a heated discussion in the print media as well as in the internet, and was ultimately taken off the program. This book aims at presenting a synopsis of the TV drama, analysing its background and impact on society.
Gotelind Müller is Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Heidel- berg.