• Time: 6:00PM
  • Date: 10 December 2019 (Tuesday)
  • Venue: IAG08


This talk will look at how notions of authenticity are discursively and aesthetically constructed on several tourist sites in Guangdong and Macau. The premise is that modern tourism is built on a foundation of the consumption of signs, and producing signs of authenticity are increasingly important for cultural and heritage tourist sites. A broad spectrum of sites will be examined, including the casino-shopping mall Venetian Macau, the miniature replica parks Window of the World and Splendid China in Shenzhen, the re-constructed traditional Chinese village on Mt. Yunji in Xinfeng, and the replicated Austrian mountain village of Hallstatt in the suburbs of Huizhou. How these sites produce signs of authenticity will be analyzed, and the impact this type of consumption has on contemporary culture and heritage tourism will be elaborated.


Dr Jesse Owen Hearns-Branaman
United International College, Zhuhai

Dr Jesse Owen Hearns-Branaman is Assistant Professor at UIC. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, an MA in International Communication Studies from the University of Nottingham, and a BA in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University. He has taught communication, media, and journalism studies at the University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, and Leeds Beckett University in the UK, Zhejiang Wanli University and the University of Nottingham in China, and the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand. His research interests include post-structuralism, ideology, critical linguistics, political economy of news, comparative journalism, and epistemological theory. He has published two books, Journalism and the Philosophy of Truth: Beyond Objectivity and Balance (Routledge, 2016), and The Political Economy of News in China: Manufacturing Harmony (Lexington, 2015).