Why do so many Chinese starlets speak in such whiny, nasal, childish voices? Is dia (Âó≤) really supposed to be cute? And if it is, who in the world is responsible for creating that impression?
An article in this week’s New Century Weekly makes it possible to pin the blame on one person. And that person is….Chibi Maruko-chan.
Or, rather, the voice-actor behind the first Mandarin edition of the Chibi Maruko-chan (in Chinese, Ê®±Ê°ÉÂ∞è‰∏∏Â≠ê) cartoon series, Feng Youwei. Feng is the voice behind several of the most popular import cartoon characters in China – besides Maruko, she did the voice of the Conan the Detective(Á•ûÊé¢ÊüØÂçó) in early seasons of that series, as well as the title character in Crayon Shin-chan(Ëú°Á¨îÂ∞èÊñ∞).