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...
by Scott Greene | 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...
by Sophie Beach | 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...
by Xiao Qiang | 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 […]
by Sophie Beach | 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 […]
by Sophie Beach | 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, […]
by Xiao Qiang | 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 […]
by Sophie Beach | 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 […]
by Xiao Qiang | 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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- The New York Times – China’s Silence on Peng Shuai Shows the Limits of Beijing’s Propaganda
- The Hindu – What happened to Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai?
- Vice – How China Managed to Wipe Out All Mentions of Its Most Explosive #MeToo Case
- WSJ – China’s Response to Peng Shuai Allegations Follows Familiar Pattern