Posted by: Third Tone Devil | 30 March 2007

Government karaoke

I read it some time ago, I think in Barme’s book In the Red, that at the same time as trying to promote “patriotic” songs in karaoke parlours in the mid-90s, the Chinese government produced its own CD that all karaoke parlours were advised to buy, thus making money on the side. \

Putao has just come across the speech by the head of the General Administration of Press and Publications in 1996 that proudly announces this CD. It is at http://www.people.com.cn/electric/flfg/d2/960305.html.

The speech is also further evidence of the curious fact that the Chinese government treats the spread of karaoke as a cultural achievement, as if they were building new opera houses. Well, they do need to report some successes on the cultural front.

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