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Screening Post-1989 China

Critical Analysis of Chinese Film and Television

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Wing Shan Ho
      Pages 1-24
  3. Screening the Economic Subject in Films

  4. Screening the Sexual Subject on the Television

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
  5. Screening the Political Subject in Films

  6. Conclusion

    1. Wing Shan Ho
      Pages 159-169
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 171-227

About this book


This unique book investigates the tug-of-war between the free market economy and authoritative state regulation in Chinese culture after 1989. Contextualizing close textual readings of cinematic and television texts, both officially sanctioned and independently made, Wing Shan Ho illuminates the complex process in which cultural producers and consumers negotiate with both the state and the market in articulating new forms of subjectivity. Ho examines the types of Chinese subjects that the state applauds and aggrandizes in contrast to those that it condemns and attempts to eliminate. Her focus on the socialist spirit exposes inherent contradictions in the current Chinese project of nation-building. This comparative study shines a harsh light on these cultural products and on much more: the confluence between commerce and politics and popular culture, the interaction between state and individuals in popular culture, and the complexity of governmentality in an era of globalization.


culture economy film society television

About the authors

Wing Shan Ho is Assistant Professor of Chinese at Montclair State University, USA. She recently published articles in Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media and Studies in the Humanities.

Bibliographic information


“Screening Post-1989 China is a well-researched study of how the Chinese government censors and controls electronic media and how the media reacts. It gives new perspectives on Chinese electronic media and a new understanding of how censorship shapes the media in return. It is probably the best book on censorship in China. It is a must-read for understanding Chinese media.” (Kristine Q. Baker, The Washington BookReview,, November, 2016)