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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman There are over 3,000 radio stations in China. Every province, region and municipality has local broadcasting stations.  Chinese radio is strictly regulated with one national state-owned broadcaster and a number of smaller regional state-controlled stations.  Regional stations use some material from the center, but for the most part they are responsible for developing and recording their own shows. In recent years, this autonomy has allowed for the production of a variety of shows that deviate from the Party guidelines.   Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman 

Chinese music may seem odd to those who are not familiar with it. Chinese music uses a five-tone scale rather than the eight-tone scale of Western music.  According to Chinese theory, the tones are connected to a myriad of cosmological concepts, as well as the inner workings of man. They correspond to the five elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth, of which the Chinese believe everything in the universe, including the human body and even sound, is composed. Ancient Chinese music varied depending on time period, region, and individual. Each imperial court had its own specialty. Each dynasty focused on different aspects of music. And within each dynasty, different regions and localities had their own style.  Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman The conceptions of fame and celebrity are relatively new to the people of China. Just a few decades ago, the Communist Party allowed only one person to be held in great esteem, above the masses: the Chairman Mao Zedong. Movie stars, athletes, singers and others that are typically elevated to celebrity status in Western culture would never have been allowed to rise to fame. Now, the agenda for entertainment coverage is increasingly set by the citizens, not the state. Consumer culture and mainstream media have emerged in tandem with the nation’s economic growth and global integration, providing fertile ground for a Chinese celebrity culture that is as flashy and frenzied as any in the world. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman In 2009, a study conducted by China Central Television revealed that Chinese people watched and average of 2 hours and 38 minutes of television per day.  Another study, conducted in Shanghai the following year, showed a dramatic increase to 5 hours 12 minutes a day, only minutes less than what Americans.  In the 1980’s, only two-thirds of the people in China had access to television.  But as more people rise from poverty, they are able to afford a television and have more leisure time to watch it. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

Since 1949 the cinema of mainland China has operated under restrictions imposed by the Communist party and its Publicity Department. Any film produced in China receives close government scrutiny at each step of production, and must be approved by the censors from start to completion Films that have political overtones can be censored or banned. China also restricts the showing of foreign-made films in Chinese cinemas to 34 each year. Currently, the majority of Chinese produced movies are made in Mandarin. They are often dubbed into Cantonese when exported for theatrical runs.  Chinese cinema is the third largest film industry in terms of the number of feature films produced annually. In 2011, it produced 791 films.  China also has the third largest box office returns in the world. . Receipts hit a record $1.5 billion last year, according to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience or gives pleasure and delight. It can be an idea or a task but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience's attention. Although people's attention is held by different things, because individuals have different preferences in entertainment, most forms are recognizable and familiar. Storytellingmusicdramadance, and different kinds of performance exist in all cultures, were supported in royal courts, developed into sophisticated forms and over time became available to all citizens. The process has been accelerated in modern times by an entertainment industry that records and sells entertainment products. Entertainment evolves and can be adapted to suit any scale, ranging from an individual who chooses a private entertainment from a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to any size or type of party, with appropriate music and dance; to performances intended for thousands; and even for a global audience.

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