Foreign Relations & International Law

ChinaTalk: Why Are Chinese TV Dramas So Bad?

Jordan Schneider
Friday, April 23, 2021, 11:52 AM

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What as the rise of streaming, idols, and increased censorship done to Chinese TV?

Co-hosting is Ina Yang, one of the founders of the Chinese-language podcast Loud Murmurs. We discuss Chinese dramas with AvenueX, the intrepid YouTuber who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Chinese TV scene. AvenueX explains how the internet changed Chinese dramas (and not always for the better), why China’s censorship system leads to stilted plots (it’s not quite what you’d think) and why Zi Jinchen is the luckiest novelist in China (it’s not his books that made him famous). We also discuss our favorite shows of the past year, and our recommendations for those looking to get started in the world of C-dramas.

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Jordan Schneider is the host of the ChinaTalk podcast and newsletter. He previously worked at Kwai, Bridgewater and the Eurasia Group. His Chinese landscape paintings "show promise."

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