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Beijing Sojourners in New York: Postsocialism and the Question of Ideology in Global Media Culture

Beijing Sojourners in New York: Postsocialism and the Question of Ideology in Global Media Culture T h e television serial Beijing Sojourners in was aired on the C C T V network in China in October 1993. Between eight and nine hundred million viewers watched it.' As episode after episode unfolded, many people began to engage in heated discussions about the lives of Chinese immigrants in and the serial's alleged exposure of a real America. Skeptical viewers subjected their relatives and foreign visitors to the familiar role of a witness to help them verify or dispute the truth of the serial. Was this real America? T h e extraordinary impact of this show and its rippling effect were almost immediately felt throughout the Chinese-speaking societies and communities around the world where new waves of immigration and information technology (fax, video rental, the Internet, etc.) have established, or are in the process of establishing, new points of linkage among the cultures of the positions 7:3 0 1999by Duke University Press. positions 7: 3 Winter 1 999 Mainland, Taiwan, H o n g Kong, North America, and elsewhere. Chinese American audiences in the United States, for example, watched this serial on their local Chinese-language channels as early as the spring of 1994.2 Within less than http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Beijing Sojourners in New York: Postsocialism and the Question of Ideology in Global Media Culture

positions asia critique , Volume 7 (3) – Dec 1, 1999

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 1999 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
DOI
10.1215/10679847-7-3-763
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Abstract

T h e television serial Beijing Sojourners in was aired on the C C T V network in China in October 1993. Between eight and nine hundred million viewers watched it.' As episode after episode unfolded, many people began to engage in heated discussions about the lives of Chinese immigrants in and the serial's alleged exposure of a real America. Skeptical viewers subjected their relatives and foreign visitors to the familiar role of a witness to help them verify or dispute the truth of the serial. Was this real America? T h e extraordinary impact of this show and its rippling effect were almost immediately felt throughout the Chinese-speaking societies and communities around the world where new waves of immigration and information technology (fax, video rental, the Internet, etc.) have established, or are in the process of establishing, new points of linkage among the cultures of the positions 7:3 0 1999by Duke University Press. positions 7: 3 Winter 1 999 Mainland, Taiwan, H o n g Kong, North America, and elsewhere. Chinese American audiences in the United States, for example, watched this serial on their local Chinese-language channels as early as the spring of 1994.2 Within less than

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Published: Dec 1, 1999

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