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    China starting a new Cultural Revolution?

    It seems that Winnie the Pooh is embarking on a new Cultural Revolution - worked well the last time, what could go wrong.

    China slams high actor pay, bars 'effeminate' behaviour from screens

    BEIJING China expanded a crackdown on its entertainment industry on Thursday (Sept 2), telling broadcasters to bar artists with "incorrect political positions" and effeminate styles from shows, and said a "patriotic atmosphere" needed to be cultivated.


    The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) said in an online notice that it will strengthen regulation over cultural programmes, cracking down on what it deems unhealthy content as well as stars' salaries and tax evasion.


    Chinese regulators have been tightening their oversight over a broad swathe of industries ranging from technology to education to strengthen control over society and key sectors of the economy after years of runaway growth. On Monday, they introduced new rules limiting the amount of time children can spend on video games.


    The entertainment industry entered their crosshairs after a series of celebrity scandals involving tax evasion and sexual assault. Last week, China's internet regulator said it was taking action against what it described as a "chaotic" celebrity fan culture.


    The NRTA said regulations capping pay for actors and guests should be strictly enforced and they should be encouraged to participate in public welfare programmes as well as to assume social responsibilities, said the notice. Tax evasion would be strictly punished.


    The selection of actors and guests should be carefully controlled, with political literacy and moral conduct included as criteria.



    The notice also said that what it called "deformed" tastes such as "effeminate" aesthetics in programmes should be ended. Entertainment involving "vulgar" internet celebrities, scandals and flaunting of wealth should be rejected.


    Unhealthy fan culture should be cracked down on, and voting segments of programmes strictly controlled, with encouragements for fans to spend money to vote strictly forbidden, said the notice.
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    China has stringent rules on content ranging from video games to movies to music, and censors anything it believes violates core socialist values.


    Authorities and state media have in recent months lamented how the country's boys needed to become more manly and have criticised male stars who favour heavy make up and project a feminine image.

    China slams high actor pay, bars 'effeminate' behaviour from screens

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    China is cracking down on 'effeminate' men, private tutors and gaming.

    Here's what that tells us about Xi Jinping's vision

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    Parts of a new textbook being released . . . very 1984-ish









    "We are all Chinese, we each deeply love our motherland, just as Grandpa Xi said, patriotism is people's most fundamental, most enduring emotion, it's the source of each person's virtue," one passage in the book reads.


    Happiness abounds


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    How exactly Mr No Personality expects to build a personality cult is beyond me. China has enjoyed a great deal of success in the last 30 years, basically ruled by a committee of faceless men. Now Xi, "President for life' wants to become the new Mao, and increasingly the PRC seems to be moving towards rule by edict, rather than broadly based consensus. Yes, it is concerning.

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    Yes, I can't imagine it is ego . . . rather him (and the politbureau) not wanting the population to find more important things than the government - 1984 personified. The gate has been opened and the horses have bolted, now they've tasted success and fame and entertainment but it's been taken away - not a good thing for a people so focussed on success and wealth.

    The generations that have been politically and socially brainwashed are older . . . and the 'newbies' will cause headaches

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    They seem to be forgetting the circuses part of "bread and circuses".

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    On Monday, they introduced new rules limiting the amount of time children can spend on video games.
    Sounds like a good thing to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    They seem to be forgetting the circuses part of "bread and circuses".
    5000 years of 'culture' as they never cease to remind everyone . . . and haven't learned . . . You can already read it in the SG and MY online News comments - the bad west is at fault. (As they enjoy the freedoms of a western political system, western-based legal system, typing on their Android or iOS phones, working for western companies, studying in the west, wearing western clothing, emigrating to the west . . . yaddah yaddah yaddah

    Tedious

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    How exactly Mr No Personality expects to build a personality cult is beyond me. China has enjoyed a great deal of success in the last 30 years, basically ruled by a committee of faceless men. Now Xi, "President for life' wants to become the new Mao, and increasingly the PRC seems to be moving towards rule by edict, rather than broadly based consensus. Yes, it is concerning.
    Everything OK sabang? Are you feeling alright?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Sounds like a good thing to me.
    Some would say state parenting is a bad thing.

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    Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai
    Sounds like a good thing to me.
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Some would say state parenting is a bad thing.
    'arry always gets the clue, where it is bad and where it is not bad, really right...

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    Chinese Essayist Revives Worries About a New Cultural Revolution


    The essay, hailing Beijing’s regulatory campaigns as a ‘profound revolution,’ prompted a rebuttal from a leading nationalist


    HONG KONG—A pair of dueling essays from Chinese commentators on the Communist Party’s regulatory crackdown on some business sectors have sparked a broader public discussion about the direction of the country and whether it is heading toward turbulence not seen since the Cultural Revolution.


    Earlier this week, an essay that hailed Beijing’s regulatory campaign against the technology, education and entertainment industries as “a profound revolution” and advocated sociopolitical upheaval was recirculated by China’s main state-media mouthpieces and widely shared online, evoking concerns that Beijing was sanctioning a return to a dark chapter in the nation’s turbulent history.


    That in turn prompted Hu Xijin, the editor in chief of the nationalist tabloid Global Times and one of the Communist Party’s most prominent voices, to issue a rebuttal on Friday calling the essay a misinterpretation of the party’s direction. He argued that the overturning of the current order was uncalled for.


    Mr. Hu’s stature in China’s propaganda apparatus—and his opposition to the initial essay, which he described as misleading—appeared to send signals of moderation following the fears stirred by the original essay.

    MORE Chinese Essayist Revives Worries About a New Cultural Revolution - WSJ

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    Limiting video game time for kids and banishing beta cucks from the media.

    Based. I support it.

    As far as regulating education. What they were finding is that these education outfits were playing on the insecurities of parents and manipulating them.
    Last edited by Backspin; 05-09-2021 at 12:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Some would say state parenting is a bad thing.

    Now you are using the term state like an Ann Rand libertarian would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Limiting video game time for kids and banishing beta cucks from the media.

    Based. I support it.

    As far as regulating education. What they were finding is that these education outfits were playing on the insecurities of parents and manipulating them.
    I realize that you are a young person, but please try to write in the English language.
    By using your own version of a language that has been refined over thousands of years, you leave yourself open to misinterpretation.

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    Once COVID winds down, it will be interesting to see if emigration from China increases over what it was pre-COVID. Over the centuries, the Chinese have voted with their feet a lot more than anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Some would say state parenting is a bad thing.
    I agree but in the absence of real parenting and other options , it might be better than corporate influence.

    Unfortunately in this age of consumerism, democracy has been usurped by corporate interests.
    So what is worst?
    Government intrusion or Corporate control? It is certain that individuals can not fight corporate culture on their own. I think a choice will have to be made soon. I understand that the cure might be worst than the decease , but for better or for worst that's where we are heading, it would be interesting to see how it develops. .
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Unfortunately in this age of consumerism, democracy has been usurped by corporate interests.

    Government intrusion or Corporate control? It is certain that individuals can not fight corporate culture on their own.
    Especially, if the Corporates are in one sack with govt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Tell us more about Putin and his mates
    Just like corporate interests have usurped democracy so have some of those players who will offer us a straw to grasp on. Putin , trump, ets are such players. One has to also look out for false messiahs.
    The Chinese have a curse "May you live in interesting days" ! Days are certainly interesting and are about to get Interestiner LOL

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    China regulates fan circles of SK idols, to further impact K-pop industry


    Major Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo on Sunday night continued its rectification of Chinese fan groups following South Korean entertainers by blocking 21 fan accounts from posting for 30 days, 12 hours after it muted a fan account for a popular South Korean band BTS member for 60 days due to illegal fundraising.


    "Seasoned idol chasers" reached by the Global Times saw South Korea as the origin of the current Chinese mainland idol-chasing culture, and believed they should not and will not be exempt from recent rectification actions which aim to cleanse the capital chain and bring the youth back to rational consumption.


    The 21 accounts punished by Weibo involved fans of Lisa and Rose, two members of the girl band Blackpink, Rap Monster, another BTS member, and fans of pop band EXO of which Kris Wu, a suspected rapist of female fans, was a former member.


    Weibo said the fan accounts spread irrational idol-chasing content and misled followers. "Weibo ramps up efforts to rectify the 'fan circle' without differentiation of time or location," the platform announced.


    Some net users interpreted the information as a sign that fan groups of foreign entertainers, mostly South Koreans, will be targets of rectification efforts.


    The BTS account, in coordination with fan groups on other platforms, began raising money in April to prepare for the birthday celebrations of band member Park Ji-min in October, including a customized airplane from Jeju Air. Over 1 million yuan ($150,000) was collected in three minutes and 2.3 million yuan in one hour, Park's fan club revealed.


    Chinese fans pay the South Korean airline to have customized airplane coating, cabin decorations and boarding passes. But grassroots fans have no say in bargaining for prices with the airline or questioning transparency of the spending, a former BTS fan told the Global Times on condition of anonymity, noting she has always been suspicious of whether the fan club leaders will keep brokerage.


    South Korean agencies do not have financial ties as close as Chinese firms with fan circle leaders, but they still rely on Chinese fan groups to sell more albums, idol-themed souvenirs and idol-endorsed products. Indirect income includes popularity-based commercial contracts and the South Korean government can benefit through tourism.


    BTS' single "Dynamite" in 2020 generated more than $1.4 billion for the South Korean economy and thousands of new jobs in the country, AFP reported, citing a government study.


    Before the chill on South Korean entertainers in 2016, fan circle leaders also flew with South Korean idols and followed idols' activities on the mainland. Fan leaders took photos of the idol and sold photo books, usually overpriced, to fans who have no time or money to follow all those activities, the Global Times learned from fans of K-pop bands.


    Chinese and South Korean fans also compete on who collected more for their "oppa" (used in Korean culture by a female to a male, who is older than her) and fan group leaders have various ways to incite fans to spend more in fundraising for albums, fashion magazines and birthday celebrations, the anonymous BTS fan said. "Do you want to lose to South Korean girls?" or "The more you spend, the more frequent our idols come to China."


    After the Chinese cyberspace regulator enhanced measures to tackle sick "fan circle" culture, there have been discussions on how it will impact the entertainment industry in South Korea as well as Japan and Thailand, whose stars and agencies earn big from Chinese fans.


    The muting of the BTS fans account was immediately covered by major South Korean media like SBS and Yonhap. The Korea Times reported Monday that the Chinese regulation will affect the K-pop industry, because China is the top source of revenue for South Korea's leading entertainment agencies.


    According to the news report, K-pop album sales in July surged 3.6 times to $26 million, and $8.25 million came from China.


    Chinese music platforms have banned repeated purchases of e-albums amid the latest rectification of fundraising and irrational consumption, which industry observers predicted would affect South Korean entertainment firms' revenue.


    Three major South Korean firms, YG, SM and JYP Entertainment, saw their stock prices slide by 2.54 percent, 1.94 percent and 1.57 percent, respectively, after China's National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) announced a ban on idol-picking programs, the Korea Times reported.


    Various Chinese video platforms have bought or copied such programs from South Korea and earned well. The idol market in China will reportedly be valued at about $21.6 billion in 2022.


    Zhu Yannan, an official of the NRTA, said recently at a forum that the targets of China's rectification campaign are brokers, entertainment agencies and platforms, as well as capital.


    Foreign firms earning money from Chinese fans through a problematic model will not be exempt from tightened regulations, experts noted.


    Fan circles of South Korean idols run very similar to those of Chinese entertainers, or the Chinese fan circle culture evolved from Chinese fans of South Korean idols, idol chasers said.


    The K-pop heat became noticeable in China in the 2000s when bands like TVXQ attracted a huge Chinese following who found the pop idols different from pure singers or actors. That was also the time when idol-picking variety shows based on public votes became popular.


    Since then, Chinese youth gradually got accustomed to fundraising for albums, chart hitting, and pricey birthday celebrations.


    Wang Tong, a former TVXQ fan in her late 20s, told the Global Times that idol-chasing was the highlight of her busy high school years but "I knew it went completely wrong when I saw young fans saving breakfast money to buy albums on fan groups."


    "Isn't that crazy to starve for a foreign idol that you have only seen on the screen?" Wang asked.

    China regulates fan circles of SK idols, to further impact K-pop industry - Global Times

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    This is the only approved China Doll-









    Old bobblehead himself.

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    I'm guessing this one is off the shelves?


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    China starting a new Cultural Revolution?

    There’s nothing new about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    The Chinese have a curse "May you live in interesting days"
    People say that and a couple of times I asked Chinese friends about it. Educated people, no one knew it as a Chinese saying. It seems that the whole thing is a myth. The origins of the saying are unclear. It has a certain ring to it though.

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    Yep. Shame about that- it's the sort of wry, snidey comment our Chinese friends are very good at.

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