Modern Dance Comes to China

For most of the beginning of the 20th century, China focused on promoting ballet, folk dance, and traditional opera, but with the growing popularity of different dance styles, such as salsa and hip-hop, modern dance has also...

New Crackdown on TV Fluff

Undeterred by widespread mockery abroad of guidelines discouraging time travel dramas, Chinese officials are looking for other ways of promoting a more wholesome TV diet as the number of viewers watching entertainment shows...

For Chinese, Web Is the Way to Entertainment

With nowhere else to go, young people in China are going online for fun, the New York Times reports: Google’s decision last month to remove some of its operations from China has overshadowed a startling dynamic at work in this...

Beijing Loves IKEA — but not for Shopping

The Los Angeles Times follows Beijingers to the local Ikea, where they spend the afternoon lounging, eating, and taking photos: Welcome to IKEA Beijing, where the atmosphere is more theme park than store. When the Swedish...

Salsa Fever Sweeps into China

From the International Herald Tribune: This week’s third annual China Salsa Congress in Beijing, which features four days of performances and competition, highlights the growing popularity of salsa in China. Salsa was...

Forbes’ Take on the Hong Kong Photo Scandal

Forbes has written an interesting piece on the Hong Kong celebrity photo scandal, in essence, explaining its importance to western audiences: It’s been called the equivalent of the 9/11 disaster for the Hong Kong...

West End Stages an Invasion of China Musicals Market – Clifford Coonan

The Independent looks at the production of Mandarin-language versions of popular Broadway and West End musicals: To Western audiences, musicals may be a frothy and uplifting way to spend the evening, but like so much else, they are highly politicised in China. For many years, not a chorus line nor a technicolour dreamcoat were to […]

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