Development of cultural and creative industries in China

Sen Bao, Marja Toivonen

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This paper focuses on the development of cultural and creative industries in China. The concept of this industry is much later origin than in the Western countries, but it has raised high attention from the central government recently. It developed very rapidly during past decade when China is experiencing the economy transition from 'manufacturing' to 'services'. Our study aims to distinguish China's specific concepts and characteristics, to learn current situational factors and drivers, and to target the challenges and future trend of cultural and creative industries in China. In addition to the established Western literature, we utilize a number of studies, including literature and documentary materials in both English and Chinese, carried out by Chinese scholars. Our empirical study is mainly based on the experience of a Western 3D company which is actively looking for business opportunities in the cultural and creative industries in China. This experience has been illustrated through interviews in the company and among its partners and potential clients.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 24th Annual RESER Conference 2014
EditorsMarja Toivonen
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-7436-0
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event24th Annual RESER Conference, RESER 2014: Services and New Societal Challenges: Innovation for Sustainable Growth and Welfare - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 11 Sept 201413 Sept 2014
Conference number: 24


Conference24th Annual RESER Conference, RESER 2014
Abbreviated titleRESER 2014


  • cultural industries
  • creative industries
  • economy transition
  • China


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