foreign culture

China’s Cultural Assault From Within

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos digs beneath the surface of a recent essay and speech written by Chinese President Hu Jintao, which called on China to boost cultural production to combat Western efforts to divide the country:...

In Search Of A Stage, Western Opera Singers Try China

NPR reports on Western opera singers, including American soprano Maria McDaniel, who are learning contemporary Chinese opera, both in response to the lack of jobs at home and to the Chinese government’s efforts to bolster...

China’s Offering New Culture Venue to Its Citizens

The New York Times reports: Like many cities in China, Guangzhou has built a top-notch performing arts arena in the hopes of lifting its cultural credentials and offering new forms of live entertainment to the increasing numbers...

China Bans Democracy, Declares War on Guns N’ Roses

Guns N’ Roses long-awaited new album, titled “Chinese Democracy” is banned in China, and falls in line with other foreign artists that have come up against the CCP’s censorship. David Flumenbaum from the...

Bjork, Harry Connick, Jr. and the CCP

Authorities are now saying that singer Bjork’s pro-Tibetan independence outburst during her concert in Shanghai last week will not affect performances by other foreign acts in China. From the BBC: China’s Culture...

Singing Broadway in Mandarin

SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical hits China’s stage in Mandarin later this year, according to Newsweek. The high demand for musicals in China is setting a trend in Broadway shows translated into Chinese. “Les...

Robert Marquand: Even pop culture must get a stamp of approval in China

From the Christian Science Monitor: In China, foreign-culture imports are carefully watched and vetted. No organized initiatives, no serious advertising, no creation of media fads or buzz can take place without party approval. Fads are pushed, experimented with, and sometimes abandoned if their popularity becomes too great or worrisome. “For many reasons, China allows in […]



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