The China Dream, History, Religion and Modernization

  • Shaoying Zhang
  • Derek McGhee
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


This chapter will introduce the background of President Xi’s initiatives and the discourse of the China Dream. We examine various academic attempts to explain the discourse of the China Dream as one of the causes of the revival of traditional culture in the era of globalization. We argue that the discourse on the revival of culture is in fact a resistant discourse to modernization, while the discourse on the “China Model” that uses the “Washington Consensus” as its reference point is based on the consciousness of colonial modernity.


Chinese People Chinese Communist Party Chinese Tradition Chinese Traditional Culture Chinese Characteristic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaoying Zhang
    • 1
  • Derek McGhee
    • 2
  1. 1.Shanghai University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Social Policy, CriminologyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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