Hollywood in China: How American Popular Culture Shapes Chinese Views of the "beautiful Imperialist"-An Experimental Analysis

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  • Authors:
  • Peter Gries
  • Matthew A. Sanders
  • David R. Stroup
  • Huajian Cai


While most mainland Chinese today have extremely few direct contacts with either America or Americans, their indirect contacts with both, via globalized American popular culture, are increasing rapidly. Do daily parasocial contacts with American celebrities shape Chinese views of America? Based on two experimental studies, this paper argues that even indirect, subconscious exposure to American celebrities via popular magazine covers shapes Chinese views of America. However, the impact of that exposure depends upon both the specific nature of the bicultural exposure and the psychological predispositions of the Chinese involved. Not all Chinese are alike, and their personality differences shape whether they experience American popular culture as enriching or threatening, leading to integrative and exclusionary reactions, respectively.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1070-1082
Number of pages13
JournalChina Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

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