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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
An alternative English-language publication covering events and popular culture in Beijing.
Locating China: Space, Place, and Popular Culture by Jing Wang (Editor)Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this volume examines the relationship between space and the production of local popular culture in contemporary China. The international team of contributors examine the inter-relationship between the cultural imaginary of a given place and China's continuing drive towards urbanization.
Publication Date: 2005-08-08
Pop Culture China! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle by Kevin LathamThis book begins with an introduction to understanding popular culture in China and covers mass media; print media; cinema, film, and video; the Internet; and also discusses the rise of consumption and consumerism. From the modernization of traditional theater to the traditional uses of modern technology, this book presents a guide to the emerging culture of a country that will inevitably become increasingly influential in coming years.
Publication Date: 2009-01-12
Popular China by Perry Link (Editor); Richard P. Madsen (Editor); Paul G. Pickowicz (Editor)The culture of popular China emerges as a mixture of exhilarating new aspirations--as seen in the basketball fans who dream of "flying" like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant; rueful cynicism--as bitingly conveyed in the many satirical jingles that circulate by word of mouth; and painful ambivalence. The people depicted here have built their popular culture out of ideas and symbolic practices drawn from old cultural traditions, from concepts about modernity debated during the early twentieth-century republican era, from the legacies of Maoist socialism, and from contemporary global culture.
Ang Lee's 2000 wuxia(martial arts) film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is credited with popularizing Chinese film, especially martial arts film internationally, grossing over $200 million worldwide. Watch the international trailer below and rent the full film on Amazon or YouTube, or check out the DVD from the library.
Navigate from this page to three versions of the site: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and English. The Chinese Movie Database covers "production, cast and crew, awards and biographies, reviews and books, and many other information of Chinese language movies made in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other regions. Starting from 2006, the Database also includes TV programmes. In total there are 16563 feature films, 509 TV programmes, 18453 unique individules, and 1204 companies in the Database." --site text
This is the first comprehensive, fully-researched account of the historical and contemporary development of the traditional martial arts genre in the Chinese cinema known as wuxia (literal translation: martial chivalry) - a genre which audiences around the world became familiar with through the phenomenal 'crossover' hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
With an output of 250,000 minutes annually, and with 8,000 producers and production units around, the Chinese are leading the field of animated films. This guide provides a comprehensible introduction to the industry's infancy, its Golden Age (Shanghai Animation Film Studio) and today's Chinese animation (in feature films, television series, and students films).
Watch Chinese TV
The Library collection has limited holdings of Chinese television shows, but you can watch online at the following links:
Although television networks are still state-owned and Party-controlled in China, the ideological landscape of television programs has become increasingly diverse and even paradoxical, simultaneously subservient and defiant, nationalistic and cosmopolitan, moralistic and fun-loving, extravagant and mundane. The book presents a number of studies of popular television programs that are sensitive to the changing production and regulatory contexts for Chinese television in the twenty-first century.
This collection of essays brings together the first comprehensive study of TV drama in China. The examples are diverse, highlighting the complexity of producing narrative content in a rapidly changing political and social environment. Genres examined include the revisionist Qing drama, historical and contemporary domestic dramas, anti-corruption dramas, "pink" dramas, Red Classics, stories from the Diaspora, and sit-coms.
This book explores the political, economic, and cultural forces, locally and globally that have shaped the evolution of Chinese primetime television dramas, and the way that these dramas in turn have actively engaged in the major intellectual and policy debates concerning the path, steps, and speed of China's economic and political modernization during the post-Deng Xiaoping era.
C-pop (Chinese popular music) merges Chinese traditional music with a range of influences from the West, from hip hop to jazz to pop ballads. There are 3 main subgenres of C-pop, divided by language: Mandopop (Mandarin), Cantopop (Cantonese), and Minnan pop (Taiwanese Minnan). Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music all have large collections of C-pop available to stream. Check out the Mandopop playlist below, and explore other genres on Spotify or other streaming services.
This work explores Mandopop's surprisingly complex cultural implications in Taiwan and the PRC, where it has established new gender roles, created a vocabulary to express individualism, and introduced transnational culture to a country that had closed its doors to the world for 20 years.
Bringing together the most recent research on the Cultural Revolution in China, musicologists, historians, literary scholars, and others discuss the music and its political implications. Combined, these chapters, paint a vibrant picture of the long-lasting impact that the musical revolution had on ordinary citizens, as well as political leaders.
The Library has about 85 Chinese comics, or manhua, in English and Chinese. Webtoons (Chinese webcomics) are also popular in China, following their boom in Korea. Line Webtoon provides access to a range of webtoons from the region in English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Indonesian. The English page unfortunately does not indicate where comics are from. For links to Chinese-language webtoon platforms, check out Wikipedia's Manhua page.
Underground comics in China are also self published and sold in print zines in independent shops. Time Out Beijing has a short article about the underground comics scene.
In the most comprehensive and authoritative source on this subject, Comics Art in China covers almost all comics art forms in mainland China, providing the history from the nineteenth century to the present as well as perspectives on both the industry and the art form.
An exhaustive and visually engaging account, Mangasia charts the evolution of manga from its roots in late nineteenth-century Japan through the many and varied forms of comics, cartoons, and animation created throughout Asia for more than one hundred years. With maps, timelines, and reproductions from Japan, China, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh, this book is the first to explain the significance of key themes, the meanings of embodied myths, and the connections between various manga traditions.
Wendy Siuyi Wong's voluminously illustrated book Hong Kong Comics examines the history of this genre from its beginnings in the early twentieth century to its most influential contemporary practitioners, and in the process traces the origin of a unique Hong Kong style. Over one thousand color manhua (each with English annotation) introduce the reader to this rich and varied form of Chinese popular culture. Available via I-Share.
"We believe sports reflect society, and this is especially true in contemporary China. The stories in the sports leagues, clubs and personalities here often mirror the strength and resilience of the Chinese people, whose paths and choices speak for the complexity and rapid change in Chinese society. China Sports Review is a writing project established in October 2008, one month after the Beijing Olympics, with the aim of picking up interesting stories in the Chinese sports world."
Susan Brownell sets the historical and cultural stage for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games by exploring the vital links among sports, gender, state power, Chinese nationalism, and China's national image in the West over the past century. She places the 2008 Games within the context of China's hundred-year engagement with the Olympic movement to illuminate what the Games mean to China and what the Beijing Olympic Games will mean for China's relationship with the outside world. --Amazon.com
Drawing on Chinese sources hitherto unavailable in the West including official documents and interviews with top athletes, the author explores the rise of Chinese super sportswomen and their relationship with politics, culture and society before and during the Cultural Revolution and through China's transition to a market economy.
The history of China's National Games reflects both the transformation of elite sport in China and wider Chinese society. This is the first book to describe the origins and development of the National Games through their dynamic relationship with Chinese politics, nationalism and identity in the modern era.
This book approaches questions about the nature and future of China through the lens of sports--particularly as sports finds its utmost international expression in the Olympics. Drawing on newly available archival sources to analyze a hundred-year perspective on sports in China, Olympic Dreams explores why the country became obsessed with Western sports at the turn of the twentieth century, and how it relates to China's search for a national and international identity.
Chinese Face/off by Kwai-Cheung LoThe book offers a critical perspective for approaching the question of cultural otherness by problematizing what it means to be Chinese and explaining how Hong Kong popular culture serves as an imaginary screen for its many compatriots seeking to understand what it means to be Chinese in a global age.
Publication Date: 2005-03-30
Undercurrents by Helen Hok-Sze LeungExplores Hong Kong cultural productions - cinema, fiction, popular music, and subcultural projects - and argues that while there is no overt consolidation of gay and lesbian identities in Hong Kong culture, undercurrents of diverse and complex expressions of gender and sexual variance are widely in evidence. Undercurrents uncovers a queer media culture that has been largely overlooked by critics in the West and demonstrates the cultural vitality of Hong Kong amidst political transition.
Publication Date: 2008-04-16
Multimedia Stardom in Hong Kong by Leung Wing-FaiThis book elaborates the distinction between multimedia stardom and celebrity, asserting that in Hong Kong stardom has been central in the production and consumption of local media, while demonstrating the importance of multimedia stardom as part of the 'cultural Chinese' mediascape and transnational popular culture from both historical and contemporary contexts.
Situating Sexualities by Fran MartinThis is the first book in English to analyse the stunning rise to prominence of cultures of dissident sexuality in Taiwan during the 1990s. Positioned at the crossroads of queer theory and postcolonial cultural studies, this book intervenes in current debates on sexuality and globalization to argue that the current emergence of public, dissident sexualities in non-Western locations like Taiwan cannot be reduced to the effects of homogenizing 'Westernization'.