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Ideological battles in and out 1911

Siu Keung Cheung (Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, North Point, Hong Kong)

Social Transformations in Chinese Societies

ISSN: 1871-2673

Article publication date: 5 September 2017




During the centennial anniversary of Xinhai Revolution in 2011, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television supported the production of 1911 for celebrating such an important event that lead to the rise of the Republic of China in the contemporary Chinese history. This paper aims to reflect upon this film in relation to China’s propagation of “Greater China” for the Empire-building project.


By scrutinizing the film text and following the strait controversies over the film, this paper demonstrates how the Chinese Communist agents employed the coproduction model with Hong Kong for globalizing a cinematic discourse of Greater China in part of their Empire-building project.


The study challenges how contemporary Chinese history is ideologically and politically manipulated for advancing the Chinese Communist propaganda over Taiwan. The overall objective is to reflect upon the longstanding historical divergences that stand on the current geopolitical envision and strategy of China for reunification.


This paper provides an interdisciplinary reflection upon the intricate post-Cold War politics in part of the contemporary Chinese cinema under the China–Hong Kong coproduction model. The findings advance novel and timely insights into China’s current envision and strategy for reunification.



The author thanks Mr Lam Chak-Wing for sharing his research materials on this film.


Cheung, S.K. (2017), "Ideological battles in and out 1911", Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 137-148.



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