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Opinion: Foucault fever in contemporary China – CGTN

By Zhao Hong. CGTN, 2017-02-24
Guest commentary by Zheng Yiran

On September 11, 2016, at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Art Museum, a thousand people squeezed into an auditorium that can accommodate only four hundred audience. It was the Beijing Premiere of Wang Min’an’s documentary, “Michel Foucault”. Hundreds of people were standing on the aisle to watch this 83-minute film, considered to be the epitome of the “Foucault Fever” in contemporary China.
In Douban, a very popular Chinese SNS website allowing people to share comments related to books, films and other cultural products and activities, the reading group of Foucault has gathered 12,000 people. The number of Foucault fans beats that of Immanuel Kant, Martin Heidegger, G. W. F. Hegel. Interestingly, Foucault’s group is also bigger than other groups tagged “French culture,” “French literature” and “Sophie Marceau,” who is considered as the most popular French movie star in China.

It is worth thinking about the wide acceptance and spread of Foucault in China, who inspired Chinese intellectuals and changed their ways of thinking. When China has experienced dramatic transformations in the recent decades, people can find explanations from Foucault.

2 thoughts on “Foucault fever in contemporary China (2017)

  1. Janet Abbey says:

    While back at the farm American universities are hiring ANALYTIC philosophers to argue how many angels can dance on the head of a pin while philosophers expert in Continental Philosophy go jobless. All students will get will be “sound-bites Foucault” and China will be up and running intellectually. Bye America as the leader in education you never were anyway.

  2. stuartelden says:

    Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:
    Interesting account of Foucault’s status in China – good to know there is this interest when both my recent Foucault books are being translated into Chinese.

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