• Fictional Portrayals of Young People in Chinese and American Juvenile Delinquency Films: A Comparative Study

    Author(s):
    WANG CHANGSONG
    Editor(s):
    Jyotirmaya Patnaik (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Film-Philosophy, Film Studies, Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Chinese theatre, Chinese drama, 21st-century American film, Film studies, Journalism, Confucianism, China
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    youth genre, juvenile delinquency, the United State
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/7fqh-gd81
    Abstract:
    This study discusses the differences between Chinese youth film and American teen film through a perspective on cultural foundation. The author argue that Confucianism is an alternative that greatly affects the depiction of young characters and the causal relationship of morality and fate of the characters in Chinese films. In Confucian philosophy, ‘kingdoms’ (guo) and ‘family’ (jia) are equally considered inviolable. ‘Family’ occupies a central position in Confucian culture. Filial piety is a virtue of respect for one’s parents and ancestors. This study attempts to provide a picture of juvenile delinquency depicted in both contemporary Chinese and American youth films. This study argues that ‘juvenile delinquency’ indicates any failure in, or omission of, ‘family’ and ‘kingdoms’. The objective of such a comparison is not to advocate for either Chinese or American youth cinema in portraying juvenile delinquency, but to promote a better understanding of the strengths and impacts of youth cinema and youth culture. It is argued that the depictions of juvenile delinquency expose the social discontent of youths in Chinese youth films.
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