The good old days and a better tomorrow: Historical representations and future imaginations of China during the 2008 Olympic Games

Shirley Y Y CHENG, Melody Manchi Chao, Jessica Kwong, Siqing Peng, Xia Chen, Yoshihisa Kashima, Chi yue Chiu*

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Abstract

Based on the stereotype content model, we examined Mainland and Hong Kong Chinese' historical representations and future imaginations of China during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Among Mainland Chinese, China's unprecedented economic growth and the resulted value competition led to the expectation of a more competent China in the future (vs now; a 'better tomorrow effect') and a perception of a warmer and more moral China in the past (vs now; the 'good old days effect'). As the Olympics proceeded, the perceived compatibility of competence and warmth/morality increased and the good old days effect diminished. Hong Kong Chinese, who also witnessed China's growth but did not directly experience the cultural implications of globalization in Mainland China, displayed the better tomorrow effect only.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-127
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Better tomorrow effect
  • Globalization
  • Good old days effect
  • Ingroup perception
  • Olympic Games
  • Social change

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