Influence on the Construction of National Image Through Cultural Contact: China’s National Images in French People’s Eyes

Wei LIU, Lin CAO


This survey emphasizes the French’s changing point of view of China’s national image through their own experiences and cultural contact based on the qualitative research methodology. All the interviewees are divided into 2 groups, and their answers are compared to draw a conclusion on the construction process of China’s image. Before coming to China in person, the French carry already fictions and imagination on China. After their stay in China for some time, their images of China change enormously according to their experiences in China. China is no longer a fugitive and abstract name. The image of China is built around them gradually.


National image; China; French people; Imaginary image; Qualitative research

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