Chinese minister blasts 'vulgar' media

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  1. Neil

    Neil Senior Member Senior Member

    Jun 23, 2010
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    China's culture minister has lashed out at the country's broadcasters and publishers, saying much of what they produce is vulgar and kitsch.

    Cai Wu said many Chinese publications were full of gossip and sensational stories advocating money-worship.

    He accused regional governments of spending money on "vanity projects" instead of basic cultural facilities.

    Mr Cai, formerly the head of China's information office, blamed the changes on China's move to a market economy.

    His comments came in an interview with state news agency Xinhua.

    He lashed out at what he called "vulgar productions" that advocated money-worship and consumerism.

    "We publish more than 300,000 books every year, but how many of them could be compared with the scriptures inherited from our ancestors?" he asked.

    "We produce some 400 movies and hundreds of TV drama programmes each year, but how many of them will be recognised as classics?"

    He added: "In today's world, a country's culture and economy are inseparable. A government must pay more attention to culture and originality if it wants to improve the quality of economic development."

    Mr Cai said "vulgar publications" were a negative result of China's move to a market economy.

    In June, China's media watchdog issued guidelines following concern over racy dating shows on television.

    Programme makers have been accused of provoking contestants to spice up the programmes.

    Cai Wu appears to be taking cues from President Hu Jintao who lamented two weeks ago that the country's cultural scene was filled with 'vanity, vulgarity, and kitsch'.

    Since then, some popular TV shows such as Take Me Out and Run For Love have been stopped.

    And this week many top state performing arts teams have gathered in Beijing for a month of cultural programmes.

    Now that China has become the world's number two economy, its leaders are turning their attention to the country's cultural influence.
  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    The problem China is confronted with is what all developing nations face in the era of globalisation.

    Globalisation is synonymous to markets based on capitalist norms, leading to a western mode of existence that is quite different from the socialist or communist way of life in general.

    Abundance of money gives the person a feeling of power and independence. And money does give a person a feeling of Déjà vu giving a brief glimpse of an alternative reality. It is heady in a society that has been groomed in existing in a ‘controlled’ environment where sacrifice of the self was paramount for the good of the society at large, be it socialism or communism.

    Historically, the cultures of Oriental societies have laid emphasis on respect to elders and an existence that is controlled by societal requirements instead of the desires of the self. It is not that there was no desire for the self, but then it was not openly displayed keeping to the requirement of society and family.

    The globalisation has opened up Oriental societies to western liberalism that is sort of revolutionising Oriental mindset.

    Thus, the dichotomy and the grief!

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