Le débat télévisé du Shandong et son invité filial: Un accueil en trompe-l’œil

Translated title of the contribution: The Shandong TV talk show host and the filial guest: When hosting is not hospitable

Angela Zito

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Abstract

    As the Chinese Party-state ramps up the revivification of chuantong wenhua, or traditional culture, really « Confucianism» as an ethical formation, I consider several structuring forms across temporalities (Model Person, filiality, and above all hosting) through a Tv talk show called All Fathers and Mothers Under Heaven. In classic ancestral ritual, it is always the Son who « hosts», standing as the zhuren in the center, even as the ideology of imperial patriarchy holds the Father as dominant. The Tv talk show reverses this structure: the filial son is the guest, while the state’s surrogate hosts the show. Yet the Party-state’s entire current project hopes to empower its « Sons» (and daughters, its « children») as individually strong, entrepreneurial citizens of the xxist century new China. Hence the dilemma of the government: empowering its citizenry just enough, while not giving away too much of its own clout. How different is Chinese hosting’s machinery for inferring inclusion and obligation different from Mediterranean stranger-hospitality ? And the final question of this essay: is the media empire of which this show is an example not the closest heir to the functioning of the imperium’s old ritual cult of making the realm visible ?

    Translated title of the contributionThe Shandong TV talk show host and the filial guest: When hosting is not hospitable
    Original languageFrench
    Pages (from-to)89-110
    Number of pages22
    JournalHomme (France)
    Volume231-232
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2019

    Keywords

    • Centering
    • China
    • Elder care
    • Exemplarity
    • Filiality
    • Hierarchy
    • Hospitality
    • Hosting
    • Tv talk show

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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