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Creativity and its Discontents

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ISBN: 9780822350651 9780822394587 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102097
Subject: Law
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Creativity and Its Discontents is a sharp critique of the intellectual property rights (IPR) – based creative economy, particularly as it is embraced or ignored in China. Laikwan Pang argues that the creative economy — in which creativity is an individual asset to be commodified and protected as property — is an intensification of Western modernity and capitalism at odds with key aspects of Chinese culture. Nevertheless, globalization has compelled China to undertake endeavors involving intellectual property rights. Pang examines China's IPR-compliant industries, as well as its numerous copyright violations. She describes how China promotes intellectual property rights in projects such as the development of cultural tourism in the World Heritage city of Lijiang, the transformation of Hong Kong cinema, and the cultural branding of Beijing. Meanwhile, copyright infringement proliferates, angering international trade organizations.

Chinese Circulations

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ISBN: 9780822348818 9780822393573 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102102
Subject: History
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Chinese merchants have traded with Southeast Asia for centuries, sojourning and sometimes settling, during their voyages. These ventures have taken place by land and by sea, over mountains and across deserts, linking China with vast stretches of Southeast Asia in a broad, mercantile embrace. Chinese Circulations provides an unprecedented overview of this trade, its scope, diversity, and complexity. This collection of twenty groundbreaking essays foregrounds the commodities that have linked China and Southeast Asia over the centuries, including fish, jade, metal, textiles, cotton, rice, opium, timber, books, and edible birds’ nests. Human labor, the Bible, and the coins used in regional trade are among the more unexpected commodities considered. In addition to focusing on a certain time period or geographic area, each of the essays explores a particular commodity or class of commodities, following its trajectory from production, through exchange and distribution, to consumption.

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History --- China --- Southeast Asia --- Commodities --- Trade

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