East Asia

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 255–270 | Cite as

Evolving Chinese Nationalism: Using the 2015 Military Parade as a Case

  • Yiben LiuEmail author
  • Shuhua Zhou


Nationalist discourse has long been an important apparatus in modern politics. This paper showed a sharp, yet subtle departure of the Chinese government in its current manipulation of nationalism. Instead of the hardcore revolutionary rhetoric, the new phase of nationalist discourse incorporated many elements of Confucianism to better consolidate the communist regime. Using the 2015 military parade as an example, this paper analyzed how the Chinese central government evoked sentiments and consciousness of nationalism by utilizing and interweaving Confucianism elements of family value, benevolent (Ren), propriety (Li), equilibrium, and harmony into the party-state’s official nationalist discourse. Significance of such organized endeavors in political discourse is discussed.


Official nationalism Unofficial nationalism Confucianism 2015 military parade 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Communication and Information SciencesUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.School of JournalismUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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