Chinese Voices Project: Arts & Culture
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The award-winning new blockbuster by Ang Lee is
an espionnage thriller set in wartime Shanghai. The film's much-vaunted
eroticism aside, it represents an artistic triumph for the director and
his two stars.
Four Popular Writers
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The most talked-about writers in Beijing
these days include a child prodigy, a fan of Japanese cartoons, and a
famous beauty. They might not be producing great literature, but they've
all got colorful stories to tell.
There's No Talk Like Crosstalk
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The fast-paced comic dialogs of crosstalk,
a popular form of verbal folk art in China, fell out of favor in the '90s
due to tighter political control. It has recently made a comeback thanks
to a star performer whose live performances draw eager fans--and angry
lawyers--to his new club in Beijing.
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The humble cabbage, or bai cai
, is more
than a ubiquitous winter vegetable. It's also a visual pun suggesting
good fortune--of the kind, for example, that might allow you to eat something
besides cabbage for dinner every day.
Following the Beijing Dream
(1.1 / 376)
The latest Kung Fu movie star sensation
to hit the silver screen in China has an extraordinary story behind him.
The Spring Festival TV Show
(1.1 / 387)
Watching the annual four-hour extravaganza on
New Year's Eve is a traditional part of the holiday ritual for millions
of Chinese families. The quality of the performances, however, is not
always what they'd hope for.
The Fate of Classical Chinese Literature
(1.3 / 530)
In the new money economy, the classics no
longer have the status they once did, but they still turn up in some interesting
If You Love Me...
(1.3 / 281)
One of the oldest rhetorical ploys in the
manipulative lover's playbook is the advertising slogan for a new film
playing in Beijing.
Yuanmingyuan: The Film
(1.4 / 262)
The author's reactions to the recent 'documentary'
about the Old Summer Palace in Beijing and its destruction during the
Confucius Hits Prime Time
(1.4 / 334)
A Beijing professor has caused a stir with
her popular televised lectures on the teachings of Confucius. Many praise her saying that popularizing Chinese classics helps
people appreciate the richness of China's intellectual heritage.
Some, however, condemn her interpretations for a lack of depth
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The most popular TV show in China over the
past couple of years, a loose spin-off of American Idol
, has prompted calls for regulation on the grounds that
dreams of the limelight are distracting young girls from their studies.
Fame, Fortune, and Fojiao
(1.5 / 508)
When celebrated Chinese actress and businesswoman
Chen Xiaoxu took the tonsure and became a Buddhist nun, she prompted reflections
on how life imitates art--and on how worldly success can fall short in
fulfilling spiritual needs.
Lust, Caution, Politics
(1.5 / 247)
Film-making in China is always bound up
with politics. In the case of Ang Lee's blockbuster Lust, Caution
however, the political denunciations have come from the Oscar committee,
rather than the Chinese government..
Zhang Yimou and 'The Curse of the Golden Flower'
(1.5 / 530)
Zhang Yimou's most recent collaboration
with Gong Li has generated megabucks at the box office but decidedly mixed
reviews, many of which accuse the filmmaker of giving far too prominent
a role to his heroine's ample bust. Are the criticisms fair?
An Ancient Religion for a Modern Age
(1.6 / 252)
Buddhism is blossoming anew in urban centers
throughout China. What place does a religion of renunciation have in a
Beijing Opera Artists
(1.6 / 514)
A review of a recent biography of eight
Beijing opera singers that casts their art in a new light.