1st Edition

A Critical Discourse Study of the "Chinese Dream" Context, Discursive Construction and Media Representation

By Junchen Zhang Copyright 2025
    200 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Zhang’s book focuses on the analysis of the socio-historical context, linguistic patterns of discursive construction, and media representations of the “Chinese Dream” in Mainland China, Hong Kong and the United States.

    Analysing data from the Chinese leader’s speeches, and articles from China Daily, South China Morning Post and The New York Times, the author provides insights into the understanding of contemporary Chinese society through a critical discourse analysis of the “Chinese Dream” and its mediatized construction. Focusing on the discursive construction, the book examines the Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s narratives on the “Chinese Dream” from multidimensional perspectives, such as thematic representations, discursive strategies and narrative frames, which emphasise the overall structure of the “Chinese Dream” as a political discourse. Methodologically, Zhang combines a discourse-historical approach, corpus linguistics and framing analysis into a complementary framework, which draws merits from the three approaches.

    This innovative research volume will be of interest to academics, researchers and students in the fields of discourse analysis, political research, Chinese politics and East Asian studies.

    1. Introduction: New leadership and new discourse system  2. Critical analysis of discourse and the “Chinese Dream” discourse  3. Methodological combination: the discourse-historical approach, framing analysis and corpus methods  4. Sociohistorical context of the “Chinese Dream”  5. Discursive construction of the “Chinese Dream”  6. Media representations of the “Chinese Dream”  7. Conclusion: Critical comprehension of the “Chinese Dream” discourse


    Junchen Zhang is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sydney, Australia.

    Informed by Critical Discourse Analysis and corpus linguistics, Junchen Zhang critically approaches political texts related to the Chinese Dream by incorporating three dimensions in his analysis and by situating political texts in their contexts. Through reading this book, readers can gain a better understanding of the Chinese Dream and Chinese politics.

    Bo Wang, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau