Two Faces of the China Dream: Nationalism and Global Power


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships


Social Sciences


This project explores the form and consequences of a recent ideational turn taken by China’s leaders. Since 2012, the “China Dream” concept has sought to assert the universal appeal of China’s civilization to international audiences while offering the promise of domestic prosperity under Chinese Communist Party leadership. The China Dream resonates with longstanding nationalist narratives within China. It is also intended to appeal to international audiences as China asserts global leadership. This project probes the cultural meanings and framing of the China Dream, as well as its domestic and global implications.