A Linguo-Cultural Approach to the Integration of Hip-hop Culture with Chinese Culture---Taking Rap Music as an Example
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2019, Pages: 165-171
Received: Nov. 8, 2019; Accepted: Nov. 27, 2019; Published: Dec. 6, 2019
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Zhanghong Xu, Department of English for Law, School of English for International Business, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
Xiaolin Liu, Department of English for Law, School of English for International Business, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
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Cultural integration is an inevitable trend of the development of cultural globalization. With the rapid development of mass media and frequent communication among people from various cultural backgrounds, hip-hop culture with its exotic musical form and its unique themes, interacts with other cultures by confronting, adapting and integrating different worldviews and lifestyles. This paper attempts to explore how the hip-hop culture (rap music in particular), which originated from American-African people, realized cultural integration in China, and what manifestations this integration had. Drawing on Cultural Acculturation Theory and making detailed textual analysis, we found that the integration of rap music with Chinese culture takes three approaches, i.e., transmission, localization and adaptation, and transformation. The integration mainly manifests itself in four aspects: form of lyrics, content of lyrics, language use of rap and dress-up of rappers, all of which are illustrated with concrete examples. Further discussions reveal that hip-hop culture is largely accepted by the majority of Chinese teenagers, for it is constantly mitigating and even discarding the violent and negative characteristics during the integration with China’s mainstream values. This study is believed to shed light on the nature of cultural integration, musical integration in particular, and to convince people that taking advantage of hip-hop culture critically to inject new vitality into Chinese traditional culture will promote the further development of Chinese culture in new era.
Cultural Integration, Hip-Hop Culture, Rap Music
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Zhanghong Xu, Xiaolin Liu, A Linguo-Cultural Approach to the Integration of Hip-hop Culture with Chinese Culture---Taking Rap Music as an Example, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 7, No. 6, 2019, pp. 165-171. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190706.16
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