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China Turned On by James Lull

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4Television in Urban China

The medium enters everyday life

In China life itself is political. Socialism is not just ideology or a form of government but an all-embracing social and cultural system, providing the ground rules for everything from literature to love and everyday behavior.

(Hooper, 1985: 161)

China's political stresses in recent years reflect tensions between and among the requirements and routines of competing and contradictory 'cultures' within the nation itself. The official culture — the government's prescribed mode of living — has been imposed on the people since the 1949 'liberation.' But Chinese society is grandly informed by its own history, and certain key aspects of the country's cultural contours still are deeply influenced ...

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