Vortrag Prof. XIAO Huafeng: „Cultural Imperialism and Americanization in China“
Mai 17, 2017, 18:00 - 20:00
Along with the practice of the Reform and Open Policy in China in the 1980s, more and more Chinese have been much influenced by American way of life. Undeniably, as Michel Gueldry writes, China has imported capitalism but not democracy(2009). But I think that for the ordinary Chinese people to live an American way of life is more threatening to Chinese traditions than the official practice of American democracy. That is the power of American popular culture.
The lecture is divided into four parts: definition and experience of cultural Imperialism in world history; two implications of Americanization; phenomena of Americanization in China, and personal observations about Americanization.
Short Bio of XIAO Huafeng
XIAO Huafeng, doctor of history and professor of communication, has been studying American history, including cultural history, communication history and cultural diplomacy. He was respectively awarded BA degree in Jiangxi Normal University in 1986, MA degree in Shandong Normal University in 1989 and PH.D degree in Fudan University in 2000. He was a visiting scholar at University of Virginia in 2000 and University of Southern California in 2015-16. He has authored A Research on American Muckraking Movement (2007) and UK & US: a Panorama (1994; 1998; 2011), and co-authored American Cultural Expansion and Infiltration abroad during the Cold War (2016) and History of Western Culture (1999; 2011). In addition, he has published more than 30 academic articles in many distinguished journals and some other books in China.