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Promoting cultural exchange through Chinese TV series


In recent years, the global stage has witnessed a remarkable resurgence in the popularity and influence of Chinese TV series, marking a significant milestone in the internationalization of the Chinese film and television industry. Chinese productions have not only captivated audiences worldwide with their diverse content and high production quality, but also made strides in cultural exchange and cooperation.


The historical detective drama "Judge Dee's Mystery" has been warmly welcomed by audiences around the world. The story focuses on the legendary tale of a distinguished Tang Dynasty judge who embarks on a career of solving perplexing cases in various regions and unraveling the mysteries of his own heritage. 

The TV series is based on the literary work of the late Dutch diplomat and sinologist Robert van Gulik. The book has been translated into 29 languages and has captivated readers around the world. The character of Judge Dee has served as a cultural ambassador, earning him the title of "China’s Sherlock Holmes" in the Western world. 

"I think it is a cultural bridge between the West and China, because it not only shows that there were traditional detective stories in China, but also shows how China was many centuries ago. We know that China is a modern state today, but we don't know about China's past and its rich history," said Thomas van Gulik, son of Robert van Gulik.

Chinese productions have been captivating global audiences with their diverse content, high production quality and deep cultural significance, and are steadily making their mark on the international stage.

"In the past, people's perception of China was mainly based on its rich history and culture. So historical dramas were very well received in overseas markets, whether in Southeast Asia, Europe or America," said Zhang Lina, vice president and editor-in-chief of Youku.

"In recent years, however, we have found that audiences are increasingly interested in more realistic topics. Overseas audiences also want to know what young people are doing in China, their views on love and the latest developments in China," she added.

By showing aspects of traditional Chinese culture, modern lifestyles, social development and change, many Chinese productions convey China's voice and values to the world. This has not only helped to spread and share Chinese culture around the world, but it has also deepened international understanding and recognition of China.

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