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China Whispers: The Symbolic, Economic, and Political Presence of China in Contemporary American Science Fiction Film

Kenneth Longden
Published Online: 2018-09-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2018-0014


China has long been present in Western science fiction, but largely through notions of Orientalism and depictions as the 'Yellow Peril'. However, with China's new ascendancy and modernization over the last 15 years, along with its investment and collaboration with Hollywood in particular, contemporary film in general, and contemporary science fiction in particular, has embraced this new China in ways hitherto unseen before. This essay examines three contemporary western/American science fiction films which each represent and construct China in slightly different ways, and in ways which reveal the West, and Hollywood's reappraisal of the relationship with China and its emerging 'Soft Power.'.

Keywords: China; Science-Fiction; Hollywood


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About the article

Received: 2017-12-11

Accepted: 2018-05-16

Published Online: 2018-09-15

Published in Print: 2018-09-01

Citation Information: Open Cultural Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 151–161, ISSN (Online) 2451-3474, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2018-0014.

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© by Kenneth Longden, published by De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. BY-NC-ND 4.0

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