Chinese Dream: Individual Dream or Dream of the Nation?

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Chinese Dream: Individual Dream or Dream of the Nation?

Type: Master thesis
Title: Chinese Dream: Individual Dream or Dream of the Nation?
Author: Groenewoud, Melanie
Issue Date: 2018-06-29
Keywords: Chinese Dream
citizen intellectual
Sina Weibo
Abstract: It has been five years since Xi Jinping introduced the concept of ‘Chinese Dream’ and it is still a hot topic, also online. While some scholars regarded this new concept of the Chinese Dream as a positive development for China, others considered it as a rather strategic narrative of the CCP to influence the image of China domestically and international (Boc, 2015; Callahan, 2015; Mahoney, 2013; Lu, 2015; Wang, 2016). However, most academic researches concluded that the concept ‘Chinese Dream’ is rather vague and does not imply for who it is meant (Li, 2015). As bloggers are also a part of the ‘citizen intellectuals’ that can reshape the future of China, I analyzed the blogposts of common users on the microblogging platform Sina Weibo and how they perceive this concept (Callahan, 2013; Gleiss, 2015). This thesis concludes that even though the government gives space to talk about the Chinese Dream, the narrative online is still lead by the Chinese government rhetoric.
Supervisor: Kharchenkova, S.S.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Asian Studies (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: MA Asian Studies: Politics, Society and Economy
ECTS Credits: 15

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