Edited By Michael B. Hinner
An Examination of Value Changes in Contemporary China through Literature and Media Products
By Mei Zhong
Mei Zhong notes that the People’s Republic of China has been undergoing considerable economic change which is also reflected in social changes that are mirrored in literature and cultural products. This is particularly noticeable in TV dramas. Many of these changes in society and culture have led to value shifts among the Chinese people, the author argues.
Zhong points out that values are a strong indicator of ethical codes in a culture. Once values are established, they provide behavioral guidelines for individuals in that culture. Past research has identified China as being traditionally high context and collectivistic with a large power distance and a long-term life orientation.
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