Title: Journeys from the east: the popular geopolitics of film motivated Chinese tourism

Authors: Mary Mostafanezhad; Jamie Coates; Jennifer Coates

Addresses: Department of Geography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2424 Maile Way, Saunders Hall 415, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA ' Institute for Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Kyoto Shi, Kamigyo ku Nishitatsumi Cho 111, Abitashion Onzuan 201, Japan ' Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH, UK

Abstract: Over the past five years the number of outbound travellers from the People's Republic of China (PRC) doubled, making Chinese tourists the largest group of international travellers in the world. Drawing on media reports of the impact of box office hits on Chinese outbound tourism, we explore how popular cinema informs the Chinese tourism boom's impact on the everyday geopolitics of Sino-host tourism encounters. Through a critical discourse analysis of representations of tourism practices in Chinese film, we highlight key tropes of economic and political power that present touristic practices as imaginable, aspirational, and attainable. We then examine how actual tourism encounters compare to their onscreen imaginaries. Drawing on theoretical and methodological insights from film studies, political anthropology and geography, this article contributes to emerging multi-disciplinary work on how filmic representations of Chinese tourism mediates the ongoing rearticulation of geopolitics within what has been dubbed the 'Chinese Century'.

Keywords: film; Chinese tourism; Japan; Thailand; USA; geopolitics; popular culture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTA.2018.093304

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2018 Vol.6 No.3, pp.219 - 236

Received: 14 Feb 2018
Accepted: 27 Feb 2018

Published online: 24 Jul 2018 *

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