|کد مقاله||کد نشریه||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||نسخه تمام متن|
|1128245||1488765||2016||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||دانلود رایگان|
• I examine the ways elite Chinese youths engage American television fiction.
• Perceived realism is the key reason for elite Chinese youths’ attraction to US TV.
• Certain textual traits of US TV enhance its perceived realism among Chinese youths.
• The lackluster condition of Chinese TV increases US TV's appeal to Chinese youths.
• Cultural capital equips elite Chinese youths to engage and appreciate US TV.
American television fiction is gaining traction among educated urban Chinese youths. Drawing on 29 interviews with fans among college students in Beijing, this article examines a shared perception among these youths that American television is “real.” This perceived realism, which is essential to their viewing pleasure, has two sources: American programming's textual quality and the Chinese context in which it is consumed. First, US television appeals to Chinese youths because they perceive its topical content and complex characterization as true to life. This perception can be explained by the higher transnational cultural capital of these youths, which renders US programming intellectually more proximate and relevant than domestic programming. Second, the perceived realism must be understood within the socio-cultural context of contemporary urban China. Disillusioned with the largely lackluster domestic television content, and critical of state media regulation and cultural control, Chinese youngsters embrace US television's relative openness and narrative complexity as more “real.” This study attends to the textual, contextual, as well as emotional aspects of the Chinese fascination with American television. It contributes to the literature on cross-cultural media consumption by demonstrating how perceived realism is both organized by media texts and shaped by consumption contexts.
Journal: Poetics - Volume 54, February 2016, Pages 1-13