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Let a Thousand Mulans Bloom

The intention was apparently to create a mythic version of China, analogous to Black Panther’s Wakanda, but many fear a slurry of incongruous iconography devoid of meaning.

I’ve seen online criticism of this mythic approach that likens it to other examples of diaspora culture, like General Tso’s chicken, as well as jokes about how producers shouldn’t have hired set designers from Chinatown. But what underpins these quips is the idea that the diaspora has had its Chineseness corrupted by Western society, that diaspora cultures with their own real histories are no longer “authentic.”

The danger of a mythic mashup of Chinese culture is thus less that it is historically inaccurate and more that it reiterates the idea constantly pushed by the Chinese government—that there is an ancient and eternal Chinese nation-state. It turns the “One China” policy into mythology. It isn’t so much pandering that I fear but the idea of a flattering of very modern—and exclusive—ideas about Chinese identity rather than one that interrogates and reinvents them.

For all its songs and wise-cracking dragons, it also reframes Mulan’s story as one of struggling to meet parental expectations, a sense of alienation from one’s wider culture, and self-discovery in disguise, all of which resonated with the diaspora audience.

somewhere along the process the diaspora was cut out of the conversation. That’s visible in Mulan’s surname, which is now written and pronounced as Hua (Mandarin) and not Fa (Cantonese).
diaspora  chinese  american  entertainment  movie  classic  female  warrior  question  debate  disney  critic 
july 2019 by aries1988
那些離開春晚的人-中國新聞網
一1984年1月,香港九龍電子錶廠工人張明敏匆忙赴京。接機的人死活找不到他。大陸這邊以為他年過四旬,可他那年只有26歲。他緊張地把自己關在酒店兩天,不敢出門。門外的北京是完全陌生的世界。入夜,他問前台小姑娘有沒有可口可樂。四個字小姑娘都會寫,但連在一起不知道什麼意思。幾周后,他穿上洋裝走上春晚舞台,唱了那首《我的中國心》。電視機前的胡耀邦感動得通宵未眠,帶領
china  gala  history  entertainment 
february 2018 by aries1988
Can Netflix Survive in the New World It Created?

Cable networks like FX and AMC were developing expensive, talked-about dramas, the kind HBO pioneered with The Sopranos and The Wire. But these series, with their complex, season-long story arcs and hourlong format, seemed to be poor candidates for syndication, unlike self-contained, half-hour sitcoms like Seinfeld, which can be watched out of order.

Hastings and Sarandos realized that Netflix could become, in effect, the syndicator for these hourlong dramas: We found an inefficiency, is how Hastings describes this insight.
tv  revolution  online  streaming  netflix  business  internet  amazon  future  entertainment  time  competition  home 
june 2016 by aries1988
Studio City - The New Yorker
Hengdian’s lot is eight thousand acres and includes a replica of the Forbidden City.
tv  entertainment  story  china  city  instapaper_favs  reportage  movie  industry  actor 
april 2016 by aries1988
Drudgery and dance lessons – work-life balance and the ‘Chinese Dream’ | Aeon Videos
The so-called Chinese Dream is a living ideal for Qian Anhua, a textiles factory owner who describes his enterprise as one that can ‘feed my soul and the soul of my workers’. While the work is menial and quarters cramped at his factory in Hangzhou, China, the monotony of assembly-line labour is offset by group leisure activities such as dance classes and Catalan castell-building. The workers themselves seem appreciative of the entertainment, but their private musings hint at a more complex set of goals and desires than can be easily satisfied by the programme of regimented work and organised fun. An offbeat portrait of modern China, Take Me to the Moon follows a factory veteran and a new arrival as they navigate their hopes and dreams in a peculiarly constructed world, where the borders between work and private life are blurred, and home is far away.
story  chinese  idea  entertainment  espagna  video 
april 2016 by aries1988
4K and 5K Display Buyer's Guide for Macs
4K displays are becoming increasingly popular as they come down in prices, and even some 5K displays have been released over the past year, but there...
buy  tv  entertainment  macbook 
january 2016 by aries1988
TV, The Thinking Person’s Entertainment of Choice - NYTimes.com
quality television series also promise a welcome escape from a muddled, technology-addled existence.

They provide relief from nonnarrative mobile messages, from different voices nattering away, all at once, on different subjects and the multiple, inconstant jobs that now fill so much of our lives.
entertainment  tv  serie  information  technology 
january 2013 by aries1988

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