7The Freedom to Have Fun

Popular culture and censorship in China

China's Open Door and expanded economy have brought more than trade, tourists, technology, and expertise into the country. A contemporary popular culture that is shaped in part by foreign television, film, music, and other media material, has also developed during the modernization period. But China's contemporary cultural dynamics are not just the products of foreign influence. The artifacts and ideologies of Western popular culture were being imported into China at the same time that writers, TV producers, filmmakers, musicians, and other artists inside the country were winning unprecedented freedom and having great impact themselves. These foreign and domestic influences have ...

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