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

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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