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Chinese entertainment industry, the case of folk Errenzhuan

Ma, Haili 2019. Chinese entertainment industry, the case of folk Errenzhuan. Asian Theatre Journal 36 (1) , pp. 79-100. 10.1353/atj.2019.0004

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Following the past thirty years of economic development in China, a substantial amount of research on rural migrants and urbanization has emerged. However, few address traditional art forms and their related socio-economic transformation. This paper scrutinizes how Errenzhuan, a Northeast folk peasant sing-song art form, developed to become a national entertainment industry within a decade, only to crumble under a change of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) political direction. It argues that the trajectory path of Errenzhuan reveals distinctive features of the Chinese cultural industry, which is developed under the dual pressures of economic success and CCP ideologically directed market monopoly. The party-state’s ability to regulate the market, despite the industry’s nationwide popularity and economic substance, exemplifies the power of the Chinese party state ‘central bank’, which monopolizes the art market for the continued articulation and legitimacy of the CCP. Such phenomenon is identified in this paper as ‘cultural industries with Chinese characteristics’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISSN: 0742-5457
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 7 March 2018
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 05:18

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