Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series
Edited by Michael Keane
Chapter 8: The cultural industries in China: a historical overview
The development of China’s cultural industries has proceeded together with reform and opening up, beginning in 1978. The concept of ‘cultural industries’ was introduced in the Decision of the CCP Central Committee and the State Council on Accelerating the Development of the Tertiary Industry in 1992 during the 8th Five-Year Plan period; it was first used in the Proposal of the CCP Central Committee on the 10th Five-Year Plan adopted in October 2000 by the 5th Plenary Session of the 15th CCP Central Committee. The term ‘cultural industries’ has been used in ‘top-level policy documents’ for more than fifteen years. This chapter traces the development of China’s cultural industries since their inception and describes the current status quo and complexity of the cultural industries, as well as assessing development prospects over the next 5 to 10 years.
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