Hero vs. The Dragon Emperor: Discursive Struggle Over China's Place in the World

Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 483-489

7 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2009

Date Written: April 18, 2009

Abstract

The present paper explores some themes presented in the films Hero and The Return of the Dragon Emperor such as China’s place in the world and its future. The concept of Tianxia, meaning “all under heaven”, is introduced as an autochthonous alternative to Western theories of international relations and world order. Moreover, the revival of the concept of Tianxia is linked to other recent developments such as the reinterpretation of China’s history and of its relationship to the West. Finally, the finale’s of the two films are presented as possible outcomes of the discursive struggle over China’s place in the world while at the same time stressing the myriad range of outcomes possible.

Keywords: China, Tianxia, World Order, International Relations

Suggested Citation

von Feigenblatt, Otto Federico, Hero vs. The Dragon Emperor: Discursive Struggle Over China's Place in the World (April 18, 2009). Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 483-489, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1391725

Otto Federico Von Feigenblatt (Contact Author)

Real Academia de Doctores de España ( email )

Madrid
Spain

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