|Advertisement for the Shanghai Disney Resort near an entrance to Guomao Station in Beijing|
A few weeks ago I posted about how Disney's new resort in Shanghai isn't only a sign of American influence but of Chinese influence as well.
Since then I have been thinking about questions such as:
- How much of the resort's "distinctly Chinese" aspects are a result of appeasing government officials' worries about American cultural imperialism versus tailoring the park to best meet visitors' needs and desires versus creating a unique park?
- To what degree were Chinese officials more or less concerned about American cultural imperialism compared to having a park distinct from Disney's parks elsewhere in the world?
- Do the localizations conflict with visitors' desires to have a Western / American experience?
- Exactly how much of an effort has China made to reduce piracy specifically affecting Disney and how effective has it been?
- Will Disney open a Beijing roast duck restaurant with Character Dining including Donald Duck?
In future posts, possibly scattered among others, I will touch on some of these questions and related issues. I will also say more about the shirt in the earlier post's photo. I nearly didn't use it and was careful with how I described it (or didn't describe it). Notice why?