312_NYT_HipHop_29i2009 - ASAN 312 (Pollard) Contemporary...

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ASAN 312 (Pollard) Contemporary Asian Civilizations 29 January 2009 Historical and contemporary globalizations 2 - Chinese Hip-Hop: The movement of ideas, cultural and ethical systems in, into, and from Asia Previously assigned, related reading assignments are Aat Vervourn, “Globalisation and Insulation,” Ch. 1, in Re Orient: Change in Asian Societies , 3 rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 17-39; and Vincent K. Pollard, “Historical globalizations in Asia: Ancient, modern and contemporary,” 27 January 2009,” < http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pollard/312.html#outline >, (handout, 3 pp.); Aat Vervourn, “State, Society, Individual,” Ch. 2, in Re Orient: change in Asian Societies ,” 3 rd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2005), p. 40-68; and Vincent K. Pollard, “Asian Governmental Systems,” 27 January 2009, < http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pollard/ 312.html#outline >, (handout, 3 pp.). If you have thoughtfully and thoroughly engaged the four readings above, responding to the following video and repositioning it in the context of issues that we have been reading about and discussing should be manageable: Jimmy Wang (with Wang Yao) [dateline: Beijing], “Now Hip-Hop, Too, Is Made in China,” The New York Times , online edition, 23 January 2009, * BEIJING — A week before Americans tune in to the Super Bowl, another televised mega- event will kick off on the other side of the globe. On Sunday more than half a billion people here are expected to watch the annual Chinese Lunar New Year gala. Organized by the state- owned China Central Television, the marathon event showcases the country’s musical diversity with an extensive lineup of Chinese pop stars performing hit songs. But one genre audiences are unlikely to see is Chinese hip-hop, despite its growing popularity among the country’s urban youth. Over the last decade many students and working-class Chinese have been writing rap as a form of self-expression. Rougher and more rebellious than the well-scrubbed pop that floods the airwaves here, this kind of hip-hop is not sanctioned by broadcast media producers or state censors but has managed to attract a grass-roots fan base. “Hip-hop is free, like rock ’n’ roll — we can talk about our lives, what we’re thinking about, what we feel,” said Wang Liang, 25, a popular hip-hop D.J. in China who is known as Wordy. “The Chinese education system doesn’t encourage you to express your own character. They feed you stale rules developed from books passed down over thousands of years. There’s not much opportunity for personal
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