Society & Culture

PSY At The Oxford Union–Plus From ‘Gangnam Style’ To ‘Eton Style’

There seems to a lot happening in China. Some of it may even be important. But, just as I began to do some research to find out what the heck is going on in China, I remembered that my wife, …

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Evan Osnos Again on China’s Lack Of ‘Gangnam Style’

A few weeks ago, I posted about Evan Osnos article, ‘Why China Lacks “Gangnam Style.”‘ Today, I came across an interview of Mr. Osnos about the same topic on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS. I found him to be more articulate and …

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Ai Weiwei, Gangnam Style

After some pretty broad attempts to connect China and Gangnam Style, I have an indisputable relationship: Ai Weiwei has come out with his own cover of the hit song and video. Pretty bad, but, hey, its Mr. Ai, and the …

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‘Guangdong Official Admits To Murdering Billionaire Long Liyuan With Poisoned Cat Soup’: Follow Up

On February 18, I posted ‘Chinese Tycoon Murder By Cat Meat Hotpot.’ Here’s Colbert’s video about the death: An actual news video: And, here’s the follow up from the Shanghaiist: When billionaire forestry mogul Long Liyuan died suddenly in December 2011, many …

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‘Seas of Sewage’: Caixin

If you find it a little odd, as I did, that Zong Qinghou, head of China’s third- largest beverage maker, Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co., is the richest man in China, consider the Caixin article, ‘Seas of Sewage,’ subtopic ‘The wastewater treatment plants …

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Gangnam Style Finally Taking Off In China, Sort Of

Here’s Feng Qiuhong of Yangtze Evening Post on Gangnam Style on October 9 in the People’s Daily Online, ‘Many Chinese netizens find ’Gangnam Style’vulgar’: Many netizens have labeled the song as ”vulgar”. “With more than 300 million views, Iexpected it to be a good song, but it turned out not. I do not know what you guys thinkabout it, but I for one find it vulgar. Such a vulgar song will be popular just for a shorttime. Songs that last forever must be those touching your soul rather than suchostentatious songs,” an Internet user said. “It is a catchy song, but its music video andthe cultural content are vulgar. Its popularity will accelerate the vulgarization of worldcultures,” said another Internet user under the screen name ”Passing Phoenix”. Certain people called it ”immoral, of low taste, and vulgar”, and some even suggest boycotting such music as it may lead underage boys and girls astray. No question China is far behind in Gangnam Style mania, but it may be catching up, this reported …

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‘Why China Lacks Gangnam Style’: Evan Osnos

My early and enduring enthusiasm for PSY’s Gangnam Style has led to make the first posts here that don’t have a China connection. Until now. Evan Osmos of The New Yorker just published ‘Why China Lacks Gangnam Style’ where he …

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‘Oh, To Be Jewish In China’: New York Times

In Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s, between the Nazi’s taking power and the full-on Holocaust, Jews were permitted, even encouraged, to leave. The problem and the disgrace was that other nations severely limited the number of Jews they …

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Ai Weiwei: ‘China’s Art World Does Not Exist’

Ai Weiwei’s new essay in the Guardian, is ‘China’s art world does not exist.’ That’s a little harsh. But, maybe not too harsh. Twenty years ago, Chinese artists brought the human figure as art back from the dead. Since then, well, …

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‘Bite Little Japan to Death!’: Protesting With Mooncakes

I now have a new example to give to show how clever and enterprising Chinese businesspeople are: Anti-Japanese mooncakes. The Shanghaiist, in ‘Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with these anti-Japan mooncakes, now on sale in Guangxi!’ reports: The recent Diaoyu Islands sovereignty dispute between China …

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