Media, Communication, Digitalization
This study examined the imaginaries of Global China represented on five documentaries since 2000. The main interests of the study are to analyze the desires of Chinese state and her ways of imagining the past and future of Chinese society in the context of globalization. Five documentaries are: Struggle (2007), Dwelling Narrowness (2009), Naked Wedding (2011), Beijing Love Story (2012), The Struggle of Ant Tribe (2012).
This study raised three questions: 1) how do the documentaries represent the modern histories of China (including Chung Dynasty) and their desired future, 2) how do the documentaries position China in the context of neo-liberal globalization, 3) how do the documentaries imagine people's lives in terms of their social relationships. By answering these questions this study attempted to illustrate the embodiment and affect of the society which they deisre to live.
The findings are: First, the vision of global world represented in the documentaries is countries put in hierachically order from the strong to the weak or the failed. Most of leaders in the documetary do not hide their desire for China being G2 and a strong state. Secondly, success and achievement are the keywords and the main thread of the stories of development. There are no reflections on meanings of life and 'living in harmony'. Thirdly, success of Chinese society equates China being at the top of global hierarchy. Little concerns and stories come up when they discuss post/modernities.