Ethnic minorities in Chinese entertainment

Does she look Chinese to you?

One of the most frustrating things about introducing new Chinese artists are the “they don’t look Chinese” comments. Considering China has 56 official ethnicities with their ancestral homes in China, and who knows how many unofficial ones, and 1.3 billion people, it’s unfair to homogenize any part of China (or of the world ). And according to wikipedia, minority populations are rising at 7 times the rate of the Han Chinese because the One Child Policy only applies to Han Chinese (no, China is not trying to eliminate its minorities via One Child).

Photographer Chen Haiwen recently paid a tribute to the diversity of China by producing a series of photos that captured this diversity. Along with a team of photographers, he traveled across China for a year to take photos of a family from each ethnic group. Those, along with thousands of other photos captured on the trip, were put on display in Beijing’s WangFuJing Street last month. zhouzhzh on youtube has a slideshow of all the photos.

Here’s a spot light on some, definitely not all, minority Chinese artists in pop culture.

Super Girl He Jie

our Yi-group
manager: Super Boy Ji Jie and brand manager for Bacardi
members: two powerful and tomboyish songstresses SM’s lost cause Zhang Liyin
and really lost cause Super Girl He Jie
and boyband Blue Bird Flying Fish‘s 70.
HuHu’s not Yi, but he’s there by association. Maybe Zhang Yunjing can join, too, by marriage. (more…)

Dragon TV celebrates its 5th anniversary

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This is a photoshoot that was taken maybe a week ago to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Dragon TV, a popular channel in China, though not as popular as Hunan TV. The shoot features stars that acheived their fame through Dragon TV, so if you don’t follow Chinese tv then you’ll know nobody in here, but there’s My Hero’s Pu Bajia, Song Xiaobo, and Qin Yanshi and My Show’s Xue Zhiqian. And also some old people I don’t know. I never got around to putting it up because I was busy, but was reminded when they held their event for this. I liked the photoshoot because it was rather trippy, something like Anne Lebowitz would do and something I hope to see more of in Chinese photoshoots. Also I’m always happy seeing Song Xiaobo in anything. Click on the gallery for pics, and under the cut are a few (emphasis on few) pics of people at the premiere, which included Ma Tianyu, Zhang Junning and BOBO. You can watch the entire show/celebration with me.

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Pu Bajia’s First Ep will be released in December

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Unlike other popular singers A Lan, and Zha Xi Dun Zhu who are ethnically Tibetan, but aren’t technically from Tibet since they came from Sichuan and Yunnan respectively, Pu Bajia is both ethnically Tibetan and from Tibet. He was first discovered by Sherwood Hu, a movie director to play the lead in his movie, Prince of the Himalayas and then gained popularity on the show My Hero where he showed he was very well-rounded, able to dance and sing well, and thus many have waited patiently for him to release his own album, but so far he was busy with acting, and Olympics activities.

Now he is finally preparing for his EP, although he regrets taking time off from schoolwork since he is a second year at Shanghai Drama Institute. Fans caught up with him in the studio as he was recording for his EP, and said that he would sell greatly and brought him chicken soup to protect his throat. He disclosed that his EP would have only four songs though, so that he hoped his fans wouldn’t be disappointed. He previously collaborated with Taiwan’s A-Mei Chang in a duet for her album “Star” and was a guest performer at Wang Leehom’s concert in Shanghai.

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Chinese Celebrities When They Were Young

I said I would do a special fun post in exchange for someone making my banner when site hit 10,000. Well, here it is as promised, although nobody ever made me a banner. :( This is still incomplete…I don’t have a few people in here, and I wanted to put an after pic of everyone, but I got way too tired of that so I only put some for some people I didn’t think people would know (like all the mainland guys apparently), but eventually I will update this and make it the most comprehensive Chinese celeb baby picture list ever.

Love or hate her, you’ve got to admit Liu Yifei was one of the most adorable children ever.

More of cute adorable children behind the cut. I think it’s really rare for Chinese people to do plastic surgery (as of now) so this won’t be one of those “spot the differences” posts. This took a lot of time and effort to put together, so PLEASE DO NOT COPY AND POST ANYWHERE ELSE, w/o permission.

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