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Fareed Zakaria GPS bashes China with The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos using Gangnam Style

October 25th, 2012 37 comments

With Gangnam Style gone completely viral and having taken the U.S. by storm, I thought it interesting The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos would use it as an example of something China unable to produce, caused by supposed state censorship stifling Chinese culture. Few weeks ago he got some ‘expert’ to offer this view:

“In China, culture and the arts develop under the watchful eye of the government, and anything too hip or interesting gets either shut down or bought up. In Korea, by contrast, artists and entertainers thrive in a space that is highly commercialized but also pretty much free of the heavy hand of the state,” Delury told me, adding, “I kid government officials that the moment they understand why K-pop is so successful and try to replicate it, they will destroy it.”

Culture and arts flourish when society can afford them. One should ask: How are the 700 million or so Chinese farmers busy tilling their land suppose to be working on something like Gangnam Style? The last few decades of hundreds of million of Chinese being pulled out of poverty have allowed many to pursue their dreams. Look at the international art market. Chinese painters are currently the most sought after by collectors around the world. Read more…