The current crop of news stories regarding “helping fallen people” has become a trending topic lately; this includes yesterday’s nebulous story of a laowai involved in a traffic accident whom may or may not have been extorted from – all dependent upon which version of the news you believe. Continue reading
We watch a lot of Chinese TV here at Sinopathic, and we’ve been critical of programs for being naive, nonfactual, too pragmatic, juvenile, reckless, obstinate, prejudicial, illogical, and sappy. But not stupid; we’ve never used the term “stupid” to describe a Chinese television show.
Consider that ship to have sailed. Continue reading
It bears repeating: there are really only two things that exist on the Chinese internet – viral marketing, and moral lessons.There really isn’t much of anything else that happens by chance in China, because then there would be no point.
“How About We Get Married?” (咱们结婚吧) is the other TV phenomenon happening right now in China besides “Where Are We Going? Dad“. It’s your typical love story in which two people that aren’t predisposed towards each other and end up falling in love with each other against all odds and overcoming numerous obstacles; so, basically the plot from the recent “2 Guns” (2013). Continue reading
There’s a real bona fide cultural phenomenon in China. It would be revolutionary if it was about something, but it isn’t because it’s about nothing.
And that’s part of what makes China great. Continue reading
Say what you will about the proliferation of young adult (YA) literature masquerading as high art, but there is positively one good thing about the “Hunger Games” phenomenon: Jennifer Lawrence. Without being even slightly interested with the Battle Royale-concept of young children killing each other for our entertainment, “Hunger Games” has made its mark upon society not by its content, but for its vehicle: the Jenny Law-mobile. Continue reading
There are no more heroes in China because, by definition, heroes lose so much to be whom they are. By extension, there are no more good samaritans in China because it costs too much to be one. Continue reading
China has feelings, and they are often hurt: this is the simple lesson to be learned if you are a multi-national media company that is at the behest of the economic might that are Chinese consumers. Certainly, if you’re Jimmy Kimmel, you will have learned that apologies will actually make things worse.
Anger. It is real. That’s why it is anger. Just as pain is fleeting and shame is forever, it is anger which is the most real of all emotions. Continue reading