China likes us, they really like us!
By Chris Van Hof ~ Posted Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:47am
In my hours of slaving over a hot computer every day, I came across two different views of how the Chinese are taking a liking to some of our art forms. Apparently Western classical music is huge there, and so is...completely ripping off the styling of Western automobiles.
I found this article about the rise of popularity in Western classical music to be quite interesting and inspiring. I've yet to find contemporary classical music written by a Chinese composer that really grabs my ear, but it's intriguing that since the demise of the Cultural Revolution in 1979, at least 40 symphony orchestras have sprouted up.
Then I found this blog posting about Chinese knock-offs of popular Western automobiles. This has nothing to do with classical music per se, but it does speak to a larger sense I get from current Chinese products that they lack, well, originality. And of course, I read this blog about cars, uh, at home. Listening to Brahms. And thinking about classical music. Right.
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