On February 17, the Communist Youth League of China opened and promoted the official Weibo account @JiangShanjiaoYuongQiman (@江山娇与红旗漫Official), introducing netizens to two newly-created anime characters: The post...
Jan 28, 2014
After the Global Times released poll results late last year showing the international perception...
Nov 15, 2013
While the Chinese LGBT community faces widespread discrimination in real life, online culture has...
May 3, 2013
Peter from China Whisper recommends 10 novels that have shaped popular culture in modern China. From Weijing Zhu at the World of Chinese:1) The Republic of Wine by Mo YanThe Republic of Wine: A Novel takes place in a fictional...
Oct 5, 2012
After the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs a year ago today, some in China pondered the country’s failure to produce a similarly iconic business leader. The Ningbo city government even launched a program aimed at building...
Jul 27, 2012
While the Olympic themed street-art of England’s eminent and anonymous pop-cultural delinquent may soon disappear from the walls of London, Voice of America interviews graffiti artist Wang Mo on the chic and seditious...
Jan 5, 2012
Chinese television broadcasters have implemented deep cuts to their lineup of prime-time entertainment programming, reducing the number of such shows from 126 to 38 in order to comply with tough new government restrictions that...
Jul 18, 2010
The New York Times looks at the crackdown on China’s most popular dating show: China’s television programmers are not far behind their Western counterparts in tapping demand for salacious entertainment. But that tends to...
May 11, 2010
On China Beat, William A. Callahan, Professor of International Politics at the University of Manchester, compares China’s rise to the popular U.S. TV series Glee: Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World, tells...
Aug 3, 2008
New York Times’ art critic Holland Cotter continues his tour of China with a visit to Mao’s mausoleum: As we pass Mao’s bier I think, “So, this was God.” I try to focus on his face, and I get a vague sense of...
Jun 9, 2008
From The Wall Street Journal: The TV show “Sex and the City” has never appeared on the air in China. Yet it’s pretty well-known among China’s college students and young professionals, thanks to pirated...
Oct 24, 2007
In the wake of a domestic uproar over “vulgar” pop songs, the New York Times looks at what happens when popular music is “harmonized”: Even without resorting to direct censorship, the state has formidable...
Apr 9, 2007
From angrychineseblogger.blog-city.com: When it comes to broadcast television it goes without saying that there will always be some form of regulation. This is true even in the freest of countries. Usually, such regulation follow a general code based around public propriety. For example; no exposed breasts before 10pm or after 6am and not dropping of […]
Apr 8, 2006
From the Economist (link): Huang Yixin and Wei Wei, two students at the Guangzhou College of Fine Arts, were hanging around their dormitory last summer and decided”as one does”to turn on their webcam, put on their Houston-Rockets jerseys and lip-synch a few of their favourite songs by the Backstreet Boys. They uploaded the clips to […]
Jan 7, 2006
From China Daily: On a deeper level, life on Wisteria Lane, the fictional California community in Housewives, is too far removed from ordinary Chinese, even the burgeoning middle class. A Chinese teenager would never, in her right mind, advise her single mother on the etiquette of dating. When Chinese housewives get into an adulterous mood, […]
Dec 17, 2005
From Xinhua – English: How will Bree Van De Kamp and the rest of the gang on Wisteria Lane play in Beijing? The Walt Disney Co. will soon find out, when “Desperate Housewives” dubbed in Mandarin makes its debut in China on Monday. The ABC ratings sensation will air on state-run CCTV8 with three episodes […]
Dec 15, 2005
From Asia Times: Punk fashions, shopping malls and Mandarin-language rap are helping China create a sanitized, government-controlled parallel universe that mimics the outside world. The apparent goal is a nationwide cocoon displaying the West’s popular archetypes, but cloned and manufactured locally, so Chinese will perceive their society as open and prosperous, and not be attracted […]
Dec 2, 2005
From The Southern Weekend, via Press Interpreter: Korean television drama “The Great Changjin” contains obsolete plot-lines, formulaic characters and dogmatic values. So why is it as popular as “My Sassy Girlfriend”? Even Li Bingxun, the director of “The Great Changjin”, didn’t expect that this piece could be so popular in China. “I think it is […]
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