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Chinese Shock of the Anthropocene

Image, Music and Text in the Age of Climate Change

  • Kwai-Cheung Lo
  • Jessica Yeung

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Disposing and Recurring

  3. Nonhuman and Mythic Spectres

  4. Ethnicity and Im-purity

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 279-281

About this book


This book examines China’s role and its cultural productions in the process of environmental destruction and transformation, focusing on how various cultural media play a significant role in shaping and reproducing Chinese subject formation in relation to changing ecological conditions. It argues that China under the leadership of Xi Jinping vowed in 2017 to play a leading role in preserving the planet for the future, but many of its actions such as its “Belt and Road” initiative have aroused apprehension rather than inspired confidence. Against this backdrop of environmental concern, this volume brings together a cutting-edge critical analysis of Chinese literature, music and cinema, offering a transdisciplinary and comprehensive vision of Chinese arts and literature under the current conditions of the Anthropocene. This volume sets a high scholarly standard in the field, and constitutes a valuable reference for scholars and students of Chinese cultural studies, Chinese studies and Anthropocene studies.


Anthropocene in China Shisanling Reservoir White (Green) Snake Legend Chinese Magic Realism Independent Chinese Documentaries Hong Kong Fictions Uyghur Music Children are not Afraid of Death, Children are Afraid of Ghosts Brand Tibet Animals in Chinese Digital Cinema China's environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Kwai-Cheung Lo
    • 1
  • Jessica Yeung
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Creative WritingHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong
  2. 2.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong

About the editors

Kwai-Cheung Lo is Professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is the author of Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions (2010), and Chinese Face / Off: The Transnational Popular Culture of Hong Kong (2005), and the editor of a Chinese-language anthology entitled Re-Sighting Asia: Deconstruction and Reinvention in the Global Era (2014).

Jessica Yeung is Associate Professor of Translation at Hong Kong Baptist University, and the author of Ink Dances in Limbo: Gao Xinjian’s Writings as Cultural Translation (2008) and Hong Kong's Third Way: The Anarchist People's Theatre of Augustine Chiu-yu Mok (2019, in Chinese).

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