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10 Coolest Novels about Modern China

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...

China’s Gangnam Style & the K-Pop War Machine

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...

‘Pushing Boundaries With Cans of Paint’

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...

China Curbs ‘Vulgar’ Reality TV Show

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...

William A. Callahan: China’s Glee

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...

The Power of Mao, Multiplied

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...

Chinese Views of ‘Sex and the City’

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...

Beijing castrates “Happy Boy voices” – angrychineseblogger

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 […]

Celebrity in China: Out of the dorm – Economist

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 […]

Why ‘Desperate Housewives’ flopped in China – Raymond Zhou

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, […]

“Desperate Housewives” to debut in China – Xinhua

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 […]

China’s version of the American dream – Richard S Ehrlich

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 […]

Why Chinese Like to Watch “The Great Changjin” – Zhang Ying and Wu Han

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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