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China in Symbolic Communication

1st Edition

By Sui Yan


130 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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What kinds of human individuals, events, things and commodities can best represent China? How have those representative symbols evolved in Chinese history? How have they been highlighted, disseminated and accepted?

In this book, a full range of symbols and seemingly discrete social phenomena, hidden in diverse fields of Chinese society, are given lucid explanations based on the interdisciplinary theories of semiotics and communication. It studies the evolution of classic Chinese symbols through history and investigates the root causes for the communication of negative Chinese images in modern times. Besides, this book explicates the pattern of interaction between groups communication and mass communication in the Chinese society by exploring the different paths of transmutation and communication for the symbol of the "APEC Blue." How the image of China is constructed via non-government symbols is also addressed. By pointing out that classic semiotics has been reduced to an embarrassing dilemma of "a severe lack of historical sense," this book seeks to make Western semiotic findings bear closely on Chinese social reality and accomplish an updated contribution to this academic discipline.

This book will appeal to scholars and students of semiotics and communication. Readers who are interested in modern Chinese society will also benefit from it.

Table of Contents

List of figures. The Distorted Symbols about China Chapter 1: The Metalanguage's Mechanism of Communicating the Whole via the Part and the Strategy of Corporate Communication Chapter 2: The Semantic Multiplicity of Symbolic Signification: the Evolution of Classic Chinese Symbols through History Chapter 3: The Selectivity of Symbolic Signifiers: the Root Cause for the Communication of Negative Chinese Images in Modern Times Chapter 4: The Metalanguage's Mechanism of Communicating the Whole via the Part: How the Image of China is Constructed via Non-Government Symbols Chapter 5: The Mechanism of Synergic Communication between Two Systems of Signifiers: the International Communication of the Chinese Media Chapter 6: The "APEC Blue": the Transmutation of Symbols from Mass Communication to Groups Communication Chapter 7: The Characteristics of Strong Symbols and their Power of Communication Conclusion. Postscript. Bibliography. Index

About the Author

Sui Yan is a professor of School of Journalism and Communication, Communication University of China. His main research fields include semiotic theories of communication, Internet communication and media culture.

About the Series

China Perspectives

The China Perspectives series focuses on translating and publishing works by leading Chinese scholars, writing about both global topics and China-related themes. It covers Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Media and Psychology, as well as many interdisciplinary themes.

This is the first time that any of these books have been translated into English for international readers. The series aims to put forward a Chinese perspective, give insights into cutting-edge academic thinking in China, and inspire researchers globally.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies