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“I prefer Asian models over white, because I am Chinese”: En kvalitativ studie om kinesiska utbytesstudenters uppfattningar om västerländska modeller i kinesisk reklam
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“I prefer Asian models over white, because I am Chinese” : A qualitative study about chinese exchange students perceptions on western models in chinese advertising (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study has been to, from a comparative perspective examine how the use of western models in Chinese advertising are perceived by chinese exchange students living in Sweden. The scientific approach in this study has been both with semiotic picture analysis and qualitative interviews. The study's empirical material has consisted of pictures of white models in fashion magazines published in China for example Vouge China. These pictures were presented to the respondents during the interviews, and questions were asked about them and the answers is also a part of this study's empirical material. The theoretical perspectives used in this study is based on theories about whiteness, stereotypes and occidentalism. The results in the study has shown that the whithe models are presented with high status both in the semiotic picture analysis and the qualitative interviews. It has also shown that the respondents prefer asian models over white in advertising in China, especially with products conected to the body and that the white stereotype is almost described identiaclly by all the respondents. Finally the result has found that the ethnicity is connected to picture enviroments, in that way if it is a white model it should be a western enviroment. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Semiotics, qualitative interviews, stereotypes, whiteness, white models, occidentalism, Chinese advertising, Vogue, GQ, China
Keyword [sv]
Semiotik, kvalitativa intervjuer, stereotyper, vithet, vita modeller, occidentalism, kinesisk reklam, Vogue, GQ, Kina
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-119231DiVA: diva2:919598
Educational program
Programme in Media and Communication Studies
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Available from: 2016-04-14 Created: 2016-04-14 Last updated: 2016-04-14Bibliographically approved

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