spoofing culture

The Soft Power of Parody – Joel Martinsen

Joel Martinsen writes that Ta Kung Pao, a Beijing-funded newspaper in Hong Kong, ran an article that looked at how ‘academic egao’ “harms China’s desire to influence international affairs through soft power.” The author, “suggests that historical revisionism and opportunistic repudiation of traditional Chinese culture is an unwelcome trend that may have serious ramifications on […]

E’gao: art criticism or evil? – Wu Jiao

From China Daily: According to a new regulation released by the ministry last December, all music that has been modified from its original form, including those for non-profit purposes, must first be submitted to the ministry, before being uploaded online. The regulation, however, does not extend to movies, plays and other historical works. The regulation […]

2006: The Year in Spoofs – Joel Martinsen

From Danwei blog: This year, one other word was always with us – “egao” (ÊÅ∂Êêû – spoof). Egao is a new word, but it not really anything new; it is just black humor. Calling black humor egao is like calling news reporting “hype” (ÁÇí‰Ωú). It is a spoof of those serious concepts and has the […]

Chubby Shanghai boy gaining online fame – China Daily

From China Daily via Xinhua News Agency: A baby-faced chubby Shanghai student called Xiao Pang(Â∞èËÉñ), or “cherub” in English, is gaining online fame as his satiric images proliferate across the Web. Netizens at home and abroad have digitally morphed a photograph of the 100 kilogram boy’s face into images of Harry Potter, Mona Lisa and […]

Internet mobs hunt Accord Girl – Danwei blog

From Danwei blog: The Chinese Internet is a non-stop source of entertainment if you like following fads, enraged Internet mobs and scandalous young ladies. Here is the latest scandal; thankfully, no one has yet applied the suffix ‘-gate’ to the affair: A young woman who seems to be a white collar worker in Beijing has […]

‘Why is there so much E-GAO among young people?’- Shanghaiist

From Shanghaiist: This is the question that Bing Feng Tea House asks about the wave of e gao (ÊÅ∂ÊêûÔºâsatires that use existing materials (mostly audiovisual ” photographs, movie clips, commercials, TV shows) and strings together with voice-overs. The idea isn’t new ” we’re reminded of Woody Allen’s What’s Up, Tigerlily? (OK, that’s kind of different, […]

Oath absent action turns into parody – Raymond Zhou blog

From Raymond Zhou blog: Last Sunday, 500 newly recruited civil servants participated in a ceremony in Guangzhou. They all come from government customs and tax departments, which are deemed “highly vulnerable to corruption.” (Actually, the original term is “highly dangerous professions,” something that usually refers to construction workers who toil on skyscrapers, nurses who handle […]

Parody Republic Of China

From Letters from China blog: A restaurant in Changsha parodies Grand Ceremony of the Founding of the Nation, one of the reddest oil paintings, Changsha Evening News reports. The only noticeable differences are the colour tone and a newly added caption: “Comrades, Dafanguo [Restaurant] is established!” Grand Ceremony of the Founding of the Nation (1953) […]

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