cover of book

Red Chamber, World Dream: Actors, Audience, and Agendas in Chinese Foreign Policy and Beyond
by Jing Sun
University of Michigan Press, 2021
Paper: 978-0-472-05486-2 | Cloth: 978-0-472-07486-0 | eISBN: 978-0-472-12887-7
Library of Congress Classification DS779.37
Dewey Decimal Classification 327.51


Chinese president Xi Jinping is most famously associated with his “Chinese Dream” campaign, envisioning a great rejuvenation of the nation. Many observers, though, view China’s pursuit of this dream as alarming. They see a global power ready to abandon its low-profile diplomacy and eager to throw its weight around.
Red Chamber, World Dream represents an interdisciplinary effort of deciphering the Chinese Dream and its global impact. Jing Sun employs methods from political science and journalism and concepts from literature, sociology, psychology and drama studies, to offer a multilevel analysis of various actors’ roles in Chinese foreign policy making: the leaders, the bureaucrats, and its increasingly diversified public. This book rejects a simple dichotomy of an omnipotent, authoritarian state versus a suppressed society. Instead, it examines how Chinese foreign policy is constantly being forged and contested by interactions among its leaders, bureaucrats, and people. The competition for shaping China’s foreign policy also happens on multiple arenas: intraparty fighting, inter-ministerial feuding, social media, TV dramas and movies, among others. This book presents vast amounts of historical detail, many unearthed the first time in the English language. Meanwhile, it also examines China’s diplomatic responses to ongoing issues like the Covid-19 crisis. The result is a study multidisciplinary in nature, rich in historical nuance, and timely in contemporary significance.

See other books on: 2002- | Agendas | approximately 1717-1763 | Cao, Xueqin | Diplomacy
See other titles from University of Michigan Press
Nearby on shelf for History of Asia / China: