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Paris Offscreen: Chinese and Taiwanese Tourists in Cinematic Paris

  • Yun-An Olivia Dung
  • Stijn Reijnders
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Part of the Perspectives on Asian Tourism book series (PAT)

Abstract

This chapter examines from a European-Asian perspective the relationship between media representations and the tourist’s imaginations. We use the case of Chinese and Taiwanese tourists in Paris to investigate how these non-European tourists imagine Europe and how these imaginations are being realised, challenged and modified during concrete tourist experiences. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with tourists and field observations, this chapter shows how both the Chinese and Taiwanese tourist imagination of Europe is strongly influenced by popular representations from the media – American Hollywood films in particular. As it turns out, the Chinese and Taiwanese tourist experience of Paris is characterised by an ongoing negotiation between media-inspired fantasies and personal experiences of the ‘real’ Paris. As a result of this, the way these tourists imagined Europe before their visit is reinforced, but also challenged. Chinese and Taiwanese tourists tend to develop a hybrid perspective: they learn Paris in its complexity while reconstituting their own cultural identity vis-a-vis the European other.

Keywords

European-Asian Film Imagination Paris Tourism 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This chapter is the updated version of a paper publication in Tourist Studies (Dung and Reijnders 2013). Our thanks to this journal for their valuable reviews and their permission for (partial) reuse of the existing text.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Area StudiesLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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