Exhibiting the Past: The Politics of Nationalism, Historical Memory, and Memory Practices in China’s Culture and Education

Wai Chung HO*

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Abstract

This chapter will examine the power of politics in influencing culture, memory, the community, institutions, and social order, which together condition individual and collective action. While, for historical reasons, the politics of nationalism in China has emerged through historical experiences of greatness and humiliation, it aims to maintain cultural autonomy and unity in China’s education to serve the purpose of nation-building depending on the prevailing contemporary political ideology. In particular, this chapter will map out some forms of authorities and illustrations on how historical memory has been strengthened by Chinese educational socialization. With tensions between China and foreign countries, it will also describe how Chinese people’s historical consciousness has been traced and educated by the complexities of myth and trauma, particularly between 1949 and the mid-2010s.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages25-53
Number of pages29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameCultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education
Volume7
ISSN (Print)2345-7708

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese culture
  • Chinese nationalism
  • Collective memories
  • Historical memories
  • National humiliation
  • Patritiotic education campaign

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