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SEC Investigates Hollywood’s China Play

The push by Hollywood studios to break into China’s film market may have hit a snag as the Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into possible bribes to Chinese officials. From The New York Times:...

China Gets Disney Through YOU

While the U.S. and China reached an agreement about making the Chinese market open to more U.S. films during Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit, YOU on Demand, a pay-per-view content service, has signed a deal with Disney Media...

The Fake Disneyland that Never Was

Reuters photo-blogger David Gray recently found some very unique photo opportunities at the site of an unfinished amusement park outside of Beijing. Along the beaten tourist path from Beijing to the Great Wall sits the abandoned...

Chongqing Halts Red Theme Park Plan

As Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty prepare to fight for visitors outside Shanghai, plans for a Communist Party theme park in Chongqing have fallen apart. From China Daily: The park, which was planned to occupy more than 128...

Outside Shanghai, Games of Cat and Mouse

A month after ground was broken on the long-anticipated Shanghai Disneyland, Japanese company Sanrio has announced that the first Hello Kitty theme park outside Japan is to begin construction in Zhejiang later this year. Only...

Spirits Spook Plan for Shanghai Disneyland

From the Times of India: Mickey Mouse has met an unexpected obstacle on his chirpy march to bring Walt Disney’s consumer culture into China – ancestor worship. Amid rice fields and bamboo groves south of Shanghai,...

Disney Gets the Go-ahead for China Theme Park

China’s economic planning agency has given final approval to Disney to open a theme park in Shanghai, BBC reports: The National Development and Reform Commission said the long-awaited park would be built in the...

High School Musical Going to China

From the CBC: The Walt Disney Co. plans to adapt, rather than translate, the film for the Chinese market, working with Shanghai Media Group and Huayi Brothers Media Corp., according to a statement from Disney released Sunday. By...

Jeffrey Wasserstrom: Some Expo-Disney Connections

On China Beat, Jeffrey Wasserstrom ponders the connections between the World Expo, to be held in Shanghai in 2010, and Disney, which is slated to open its first mainland park in the city in a few years: As the Shanghai Disney...

China Approves Disney Theme Park in Shanghai

From the New York Times: The Chinese central government has approved plans to build a Disney theme park in Shanghai: The agreement for a Shanghai Disneyland is a landmark deal that carries enormous cultural and financial...

Chinese Village Hopes for a Disney Windfall

From Wall Street Journal: For residents of one of the villages slated to be razed for the construction of a Walt Disney Co. theme park here, a visit by city officials on Aug. 3 raised hopes that a long-anticipated windfall for...

A Big Wall Falls in China to Make Room for Mickey

Disney characters have replaced Qing dynasty monuments at Harbin’s annual ice lantern festival. From The New York Times: What is perhaps the world’s most famous ice festival has become another of the world’s Disney theme...

Disney Case Highlights China Supply Chain Pitfalls

From Reuters via Earthtimes.org : In his dim two-room flat, Huang Renzhong showed a visitor a Mickey Mouse statuette and explained how creating Disney figurines during 15-hour work days in a grim factory led to a $90,000...

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