2021 update: I've read that the government censors have gotten rid of the "American Idol" type tv shows.
My students, when asked "What do you like to do in your spare time?" pretty much always answer, "listen to music." They like bland Euro-pop mostly, and insipid Chinese pop music. The radio stations here play just about every genre of music, including pop, rap, hip hop, Whitney Houston-style ballads and even Country &Western.
Flip on Chinese television and you'll likely see a singing contest, the Chinese version of "The Voice" and "American Idol." I'd say these types of shows are incredibly popular, but maybe it's just because the heavily censored Chinese networks have to fill up the airwaves with something.
There are also lots of big blowzy variety shows of a sort that haven't been produced in America for at least 30 years...
Hi folks, long time no see, as my students enjoy saying. And no wonder, the Chinese (Mandarin) language doesn't use articles like "a'," "an" and "the", or verb tenses, so "long time no see" is a more literal translation of what a Chinese person might actually say, as opposed to, "It's been a long time since the last time we saw each other."
I have all kinds of resolutions for blog posts in the summer months -- pictures! trenchant commentary! unsolicited opinions! jokes! reflections on teaching! insider scoops! but for now, please excuse me while I finish the last of the oral exams, mark the last tests, enter the last scores in the spreadsheet, and pack up another semester...
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