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Is Hollywood a real threat to China's culture and Communist Party?

Asked by mazingerz88 (18502 points ) January 4th, 2012

China’s president declares China must improve its cultural production to counter the West’s attack on the country’s culture and ideology. China only allows 20 foreign films for local distribution and Hollywood have long criticized the regulation.

So far, the top grossing films there are Avatar and Transformers 3. Do you think Optimus Prime and Pandora’s inhabitants could really ruin Chinese culture and threaten the Communist Party’s hold on the minds and hearts of the Chinese movie watching population?

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zenvelo's avatar

It’s not as big a threat as it was 30 years ago when China was struggling. But it is still a threat because the Chinese would see that freedoms are more prevalent and that the living standard is much higher. As the Chinese have become more open and traveled more, they are more aware of such things, but information is still highly restricted, and the bounty of consumer goods still attributed to the power of the State.

marinelife's avatar

The Western culture is very pervasive. Hollywood movies are very attractive to other cultures.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Not as big a threat as reality is. Even the Chinese government is in favor of diluting its ideological purity these days.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

History has shown us that complete isolation is crucial in controlling the masses. This is why religious sects are often swept away to a deserted place by their leader(s) and communication to or from the outside world is discouraged. Did you know that there wasn’t even television in South Africa during apartheid? I think they finally got it in the late 1970’s. But history has also shown us that no dictator or religious leader can keep the people down forever. China would be wise to relax their grip on the people willingly, even if gradually, because their people already know of the freedoms and higher living standards in other parts of the world.

saint's avatar

Chinese culture dates the West by millenia. I doubt that it is under much of a threat.
Any Communist party, anywhere, is in a day to day state of jeopardy, and any threat to its’ existence is morally good.

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