Maybe a ban on tiresome movies and soap operas on time travel is not so bad after all

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 April, 2011, 12:00am


The mainland has banned time travel. Or rather, its depiction as a dramatic device in movies and TV soap operas. The Western media, as usual, has had a good laugh over this. Even The New Yorker has a piece ridiculing the decision with a tweet-like headline: 'China blocks all movies about time travel, saying it 'disrespects history'.' We thought it was a headline from the satirical The Onion.

The ban may look like another one of those communist moves taking us back to the Stone Age - that's what we might call time travel. But as a true Chinese nationalist, I defend this decision of the motherland. First, there does not appear to be an explicit ban at a policy level. Rather, the bureaucrats have rejected about 30 TV and movie productions involving time travel as a plot since February. But that's the problem with us Chinese. How come there are so many movies about time travel?

As soon as you have a winning formula, everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Usually a guy or girl from the present inadvertently gets time-warped to the past, suffers a cultural shock and finds true love.

If you find this storyline tiresome, maybe you should thank the mainland censors for banning it.