Chinese worker heroes: Between patriotism and nostalgia

Mees, B and Zhang, J 2011, 'Chinese worker heroes: Between patriotism and nostalgia', in Zhu, Cherrie (ed.) Challenges for International Business in a Turbulent Global Environment: Proceedings of the ANZIBA Annual Conference 2011, Melbourne, Australia, 28-30 April 2011, pp. 1-7.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Chinese worker heroes: Between patriotism and nostalgia
Author(s) Mees, B
Zhang, J
Year 2011
Conference name Challenges for International Business in a Turbulent Global Environment
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 28-30 April 2011
Proceedings title Challenges for International Business in a Turbulent Global Environment: Proceedings of the ANZIBA Annual Conference 2011
Editor(s) Zhu, Cherrie
Publisher Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Abstract Worker heroes remain one of the most obvious legacies of the Maoist period which inform the conceptualisation of work in contemporary China. Figures like PLA hero Lei Geng and oil-industry role-model ''Iron Man'' Wang Jinxi remain prominent features of the official Communist propaganda landscape today. Often mocked in the Western press as glaring anachronisms, the contemporary role and standing of worker heroes are assessed in this paper from a modern cultural studies perspective. The continued treasuring of such figures from the Maoist golden age goes much further than merely an expression of socialist nostalgia, but remains essential to understanding especially the moral aspect of the industrial past onto which modern Chinese capitalism has been grafted.
Subjects Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) Labour relations
China
Copyright notice © ANZIBA 2011
ISBN 9780980789911
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