Television drama in China: Remaking the market

Keane, Michael A. (2005) Television drama in China: Remaking the market. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, pp. 82-93.


This paper discusses the evolution of television serial drama in China. It argues that Chinese television drama production has progressed through three periods: industrial (1958 – 1989), market (1990 – 2002), and most recently interpersonal (2003 onwards). These three stages of development are in turn associated with standardised production according to state directed formulas, outbreaks of producer autonomy, and celebration of modern lifestyles and consumer culture. The paper provides an overview of the development of drama production during these three periods, and notes a shift from ‘socialist reality’ towards contemporary popular reality.

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ID Code: 2430
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: TV drama, China, pink dramas
ISSN: 1329-878X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Michael A. Keane
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 01:32

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