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”Everybody was kung fu fighting”: En studie om hur den kinesiska kulturen representeras i tecknad film
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Animated movies have had a big impact in the film business all over the world. A lot of

these films are mainly produced for a younger audience, which leads to a greater

responsibility to show a legitimate worldview. Children do not have the same ability of

critical thinking as an adult, and that is why it is vital in such movies. In this study, we

have examined the movies Kung Fu Panda and Mulan to see how the Chinese culture is

represented, having in mind that the relation between East and West have been, and in

some ways still are strained. We have examined whether there have been any postcolonial

elements such as cultural myths, orientalism, ethnocentrism and stereotypes,

originated from the field of cultural studies. Based on a three dimensional analysis, we

have looked at the films’ structure, the context and the socio-historical context. The

study concluded that the Chinese culture is often represented in a somewhat

stereotypical way and with symbols associated with Asia and its culture but the movies

also includes certain Western elements.

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Keyword [en]
Animated movies, Kung Fu Panda, Mulan, post-colonialism, orientalism, ethnocentrism, stereotype, Chinese culture, cultural studies
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45433OAI: diva2:841287
Subject / course
Media and Communications Science
Educational program
International Communication Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-07-20 Created: 2015-07-12 Last updated: 2015-07-28Bibliographically approved

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