Two Blacks and One Yellow: Race in Pop Music

  • Yinghong ChengEmail author
Part of the Mapping Global Racisms book series (MGR)


Through timely accommodating the ideological agenda of the Chinese state both domestically and internationally, patriotic songs have played a significant role in contemporary Chinese nationalism. The music genre contributed a number of racialized concepts about Chinese identity and Chinese history to contemporary China’s nationalist politics, as well as a set of highly effective idioms that address these concepts, a form of popular appeal and mass mobilization in a seemingly spontaneous and innocent manner, and finally, a mechanism through which the party-state deftly tames and exploits power of capitalist cultural production and market for ideological education. An introduction to and an analysis of this pop music genre provides a particular prism through which the dynamics and intensity of contemporary Chinese nationalism can be better understood as an interaction between the politics of reconstructing the national identity and the origination and popularization of a racial discourse.


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  1. 1.Delaware State UniversityDoverUSA

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