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Published Monday, August 19, 19 | 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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