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China’s anti-graft tsar has something to confess: ‘I watch popular Korean TV dramas’

Official suggests Chinese arts can learn a thing or two from massively popular soaps

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 3:20pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 5:24pm

In unusual backchat during normally serious National People’s Congress proceedings, one of China’s most powerful officials, anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan, admitted to watching South Korean soap operas.

During a panel discussion with NPC's Beijing delegates, in which a performing arts director talked about the challenges facing the Chinese arts, Wang piped in with a comment on a hugely successful Korean show whose popularity has transcended borders.

“Have you all seen that trendy online drama called … something stars?” he said, referring to My Love from the Star.

Met with silence, the 65-year-old Wang said, “You see? None of you officials know”, prompting a burst of laughter from the room, according to a report by The Beijing News newspaper on Wednesday.

Sometimes I watch Korean dramas on and off. After watching for a long time, I realised I understood why Korean dramas are ahead of ours
Wang Qishan, Politburo Standing Committee member

Wang then attributed Korean telenovelas’ success to their “Chinese spirit”.

“Sometimes I watch Korean dramas on and off. After watching for a long time, I realised I understood why Korean dramas are ahead of ours,” said Wang, who is known for a keen interest in popular culture.

“I’ve been wondering why Korean dramas have [invaded] China. How can they cross the ocean and influence the US and even Europe? In the past few years, they have come out with a Gangnam Style.

“The core and spirit of Korean dramas is the exact sublimation of Chinese traditional culture,” Wang was quoted by the newspaper as saying. “They use TV dramas to disseminate Chinese traditional culture.”

Wang, ranked number 6 on the Politburo Standing Committee, is also a fan of American political drama House of Cards, about scheming politicians in the White House, according to Hong Kong-based magazine Phoenix Weekly.

My Love from the Star, a love story between a woman and an immortal alien who takes the shape of a man, has garnered plenty of fans on the mainland. It is watched on two video-streaming sites, with one site alone garnering 14.5 billion hits.

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Democracy Cultists who worship Western universal values and God of Abraham have a blind spot to the existence of a geographical Confucian Belt covering Korea, Japan, a large sector of Vietnam and parts of population of Southeast Asia.
Rigid disciplines and hierarchies notwithstanding, Confucians believe in reason, facts but not myths and miracles (敬鬼神而遠之) and the spirit of tolerance in a harmonious society. These are distinguishing features of their atheistic culture from those in the West.
Despite the differences of politics and regional cliquishness among these nations, there is nothing wrong for China to look (up?) to Japan and Korea, who are ahead of her in many aspects at this stage of economic development.
 
 
 
 
 

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