Understanding China, One Blog at a Time

An American in China

Reblog on Crappy Chinese TV

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 9, 2011

Here is a post echoing my feelings on Chicom TV. Its from this site

What happens when you mix propaganda with daytime television? Communist soap operas! I was visiting a Chinese friend in Beijing this weekend, and as in any good Chinese person’s apartment, the TV was on all the time, so I got to catch a few episodes of some soap opera involving Mao Zedong. There are a few of these. They invariably depict the Great Helmsman as witty, urbane, and almost absurdly passionate about the welfare of everyone around him. Think Mother Theresa meets Johnny Carson in a soup kitchen. In one of the episodes I watched, the Chairman was eating lunch with one of his cronies as two female comrades stood nearby grilling something that looked like, but hopefully wasn’t, donkey ears. The table was laid out like the perfect stereotype of a village meal: simple porcelain bowls of wild vegetables, cucumbers, and peanuts, with a little plate of fried fish and an unlabeled bottle of dark green glass that was full of home-brewed alcohol. You might imagine the lunch-time conversation dealing with what the people-hating Guomindang were up to, or perhaps how the Party could best reach the mighty proletariat farmers in Shaanxi, but no: The Chairman was giving dating advice.

continue reading here

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: