Jia Zhangke's Shijie and China's changing global space

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Title: Jia Zhangke's Shijie and China's changing global space
Author: Estrada, Mariana, 1981-
Abstract: This paper explores tourism and space -making in modern China through the lens of Sixth Generation Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke . His film Shijie (The World ) features people whose lives play out in and around a Chinese theme park of the same name . Through its portrayal of theme parks and the social stratum who visit and inhabit them , Shijie depicts both the filmmaker’s opinion of China’s modernization project , as well as his evolving status within the Chinese international /national film system . As China’s interest in its global image is being transformed through its media products , its concept of global and local space is also changing . The Olympic Village created for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics can be seen as an attempt at physically and symbolically engineering China’s new global space . This paper will consider Jia Zhangke , The World , and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as several points along a continuum that leads toward a new envisioning of global space in China .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -12 -445
Date: 2010-08-23


Jia Zhangke's Shijie and China's changing global space. Master's thesis, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -12 -445 .

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