To the ends of advancing the study of New Era Thought along more useful lines, the Coalition for Peace and Ethics has undertaken a study of Chinese New Era Thought, of which these posts form a part. As part of that project CPE has begun to critically assess the discursive references. More specifically, Flora Sapio and I have been considering the development of New Era Theory by examining carefully some of the key writings of Xi Jinping. Over the course of several postings we have carefully considered one of what we consider to be a critical elaboration of New Era Thought--Xi Jinping's Speech on the 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening Up, Beijing 18 December 2018.
This post includes the second of the reflections: Flora Sapio, The Ecology of Interpretation in the New Era: Reflections on Xi Jinping, Speech at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up. Flora build that reflection around the concept that:
The Anniversary Speech delivered by Xi Jinping follows the same format as the speeches given by Jiang Zemin and by Hu Jintao. Some parts of Xi Jinping’s Anniversary Speech are closely modelled after the wording adopted by Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao. Other sections of the 2018 Anniversary Speech are substantially different. This comment does not have the goal to present a detailed comparison and analysis of each one of the points of textual convergence or divergence among the three commemorative speeches. Neither it has the goal to compute words. To understand the anniversary speech, considerations about the various layers of meaning it contains are more important, because not everyone has the ability to access each one of the different level of meanings encoded in this (and also in other) speeches. The Anniversary Speech can be read on at least eight
different levels, all of which are anchored to actual features, structural and linguistic elements of this text, and of all the other texts the Anniversary Speech “communicates with”.
The Ecology of Interpretation in the New Era: Reflections on Xi Jinping, Speech at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up