Global Cultural Branding Through the Investment of Historical Culture: A Case Study of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

26 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2011

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ZhiYan Wu

Shanghai International Business and Economics University (Formerly Known as Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade) - School of Management

Janet L. Borgerson

DePaul University

Jonathan E. Schroeder

Rochester Institute of Technology

Date Written: January 12, 2010

Abstract

This paper will explore from consumer cultural perspectives how the Beijing 2008 Olympics facilitated the growth of China as an international brand by focusing on the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. The study includes interviews with UK and China-based consumers and managers. We argue that, in the context of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Chinese international cultural branding models are emerging – targeting market myths through historical and mythical Chinese culture paired with modern technology; composing identity myths; and extending them to global identity myths, creating global sacred consumption. The Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, which China invested with historical and mythical Chinese culture, serves as a compelling contemporary example and arena for branding efforts. Conceptual insights include how cultural branding infuses contemporary image with a historical lineage, promoting discussion of nostalgia, authenticity, and anxiety of identity.

Keywords: Cultural Branding, Chinese Brand Developement, Global Branding

Suggested Citation

Wu, Maggie and Borgerson, Janet L. and Schroeder, Jonathan E., Global Cultural Branding Through the Investment of Historical Culture: A Case Study of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony (January 12, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1935687 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1935687

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