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Saying of the Week: You Understand

The Word of the Week comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online...

China in Three Pictures – Sam Crane

Professor Sam Crane wrote on his The Useless Tree blog: This doesn’t have much to do with ancient Chinese philosophy (though I imagine I could paste on some reference to Taoism somewhere here…) but the idea has been kicking around in my head. In talking with a student (thanks Kaitlin!) the other day about a […]

Music Series: Zhang Liangying, Singing With Soul!

Zhang Liangying (º†ÈùìÈ¢ñ) won the third place of 2005 ‘Super Girl‘ TV contest. She is good at singing English songs. Huayi Brothers Music has signed her up and released her new album recently, titled “The One”. Click to listen to the two songs. The first song is a MTV of “Loving you.” The second is […]

‘Super Boy’ May Hit TV Screens Next Year – Shanghai Daily

From Shanghai Daily: Chinese TV viewers may see an all-boy singing contest next year since this year’s “Super Girl” pulled in nearly 100 million yuan (US$12.66 million) in profit, Shanghai Morning Post said. “Super Boy,” if approved, would be conducted at the same period as its ally “Super Girl,” from next May to September, Wang […]

Monument for ‘Super Girls’ Stirs Controversy – Xinhua News Agency

From Xinhua News Agency: A monument depicting two of China’s “Super Girl” pop singers, in a style similar to those of revolutionary heroes, at a Beijing art festival has caused wide public debate. The four-meter-high monument featuring Li Yuchun and Zhou Bichang, champion and runner-up of perhaps the country’s most successful all-girl singing contest “Super […]

Super Girls give Chinese Journalism a Stinging Slap Across the Face – Yang Yu

From Youth Times, translated by Danwei: In his Resurrection, Leo Tolstoy once said, through the character Nekhludoff, “On Easter eve, the most secret of moments has nothing to do with the living.” N years ago Brother Monk read that line without understanding it, but N days ago he had a sudden realization. 16 news reporters, […]

The Portrait of a Propagandist as an Artist – Non-violent Resistance blog

From Non-violent Resistance blog: The Southern Weekend, in it’s typical straight-faced celebrity freak show style, did an interview with Liu Zhongde, a former Minister of Culture and Director of the Central Propaganda Department. Let’s again hope that ESWN will pick this up; I’ll just present the freakiest parts of it — namely, how the quirks […]

Zhang Liangying may join in Broadway show – CRIEnglish

From CRIEnglish via Xinhua News Agency: Zhang Liangying (º†ÈùìÈ¢ñ, Jane Zhang) will meet with Broadway senior management in America in the hopes of acting in Broadway shows in China. The Broadway Entertainment Company noticed Jane, the second runner-up of the Super Girl competition last year, through her performance in the musical “The Song of Light […]

‘Super Girl’ producers sued on IPR – Angela Xu

From Shanghai Daily, via China Daily (link): THE organizer of the popular TV show “Super Girl” is being sued for allegedly violating the copyright of a former employee who wrote the hit show’s theme song, by allowing the song to be performed in public without paying any royalties to the writer. The Shanghai No. 1 […]

Former Minister blames Super Girl – Zhong Bei

From Shanghai Daily (link): CHINA’S former Minister of Culture, Liu Zhongde, criticized the popular TV show Super Girl for “harming youth education” and blamed the TV industry authority for poorly supervising the program, People’s Daily reported on its Website today. “Though Super Girl is warmly welcomed by audiences, the viewer market really can’t decide on […]

The State Administration of Radio Film and Television Restricts Super Girl

From Xin Jing Bao (Beijing News), partial translation by CDT (the original Chinese version is here): The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television issued the “Notice of Further Enforcing the Management of the Involvement, Sponsor or Broadcast of National or Inter-province (inter-city or inter-district) TV Contests of Radio or TV Organizations” on Mar. 15, […]

Hunan: From red state to ‘supergirl’ – George Zhibin Gu

From Asia Times: Visitors to Changsha, the provincial capital of Hunan province, see a burgeoning city in the making, with a fast-rising population of 6.5 million. The streets are jammed with traffic – including countless cars – and hundreds of high-rises shine at night. There are tens of thousands of shops, cafes and restaurants lining […]

Upstart From Chinese Province Masters the Art of TV Titillation – David Barboza

From The New York Times: They called it “The Mongolian Cow Sour Yogurt Super Girl Contest,” and for much of the year, this “American Idol” knockoff was one of the hottest shows on Chinese television. By the time it ended in August, more than 400 million viewers had tuned in, making it one of the […]

Mad about the girl: a pop idol for China – Benjamin Joffe-Walt

From The Guardian: She’s the star of a television talent show, but Li Yuchun is not an outstanding singer or dancer. Nor is the 21-year-old considered particularly pretty. She dresses like a tomboy and, last but not least, the title of the show, sponsored by a dairy company, is The Mongolian Cow Sour Yogurt Supergirl […]

Super Girl revolution – Rose Tang

From the Standard: It may not be the way Mao intended for his legacy to be played out but a wildly popular TV program seems to prove that the Great Helmsman, in some form, marches on. Of course, if Chairman Mao could tune in, log on, or send a text message on his mobile phone, […]



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