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 1. Why do you think Miranda Hong describes her generation of Chinese as “confused”?

Miranda Hong describes her generation of Chinese as confused due to the changes that had occurred to her generation since 1990. As she describes her generation, during childhood, used ration tickets to buy things like fabric and oil; yet as the generation entered 1990’s, the old traditions faced transitions to modern ideals. Such change consists of social, political, and economical transitions. The change is a result of China changing from restrictive communism to much more open and democratic society. This change was very rapid that their childhood beliefs contradict their adulthood ideals; thus her generations are confused.

3. In what ways do you think Ben Wu, the entrepreneur launching the Internet café, is representative of the “new” China?

Ben Wu’s establishment of Internet café is a great representation of the ‘new’ changed China. China, traditionally, had been a restrictive communist nation; this meant that people did not have freedoms to talk against the government and freedom of speeches and beliefs were also restrictive. Allowing the public to use internet was also suppressed by the government in order to control people’s minds. Yet such traditional China compensated transitions to modern culture; internet and technology is one of the best representations of today’s culture. The Internet café does not only represent the growth of technology, but also the development of economic ideal. Opening a public Internet café clearly demonstrate the shift from conventional China to modern China, which illustrates freedom, democracy, and opportunity. This is why Ben Wu’s establishment of Internet café is a great representation of the new China.

7. To what extent are the struggles of the rapper, Wang Xiaolei, unique as a Chinese artist?

Wang Xiaolei is a Chinese rapper who had multitudes of struggles since childhood. When he was young, his parents divorced and he had to live with his poor grandfather; his social status had been disastrous since young age. He had been fingered and mistreated for his poor social status. He realized that his life sucks and realized the importance of money for survival. This was only when he was young. Rapping was the only way to help him survive through the hardships; black rappers had been great influences upon him. Since he had experienced various hardships since young age, his raps are emotional, dark, and criticize the unfair society that favors the rich and powerful. Unlike other artists, who sing and rap as they like to do so, Wang Xiaolei raps to live. Rapping is the only escape for Wang Xiaolei for good life. Thus his life obviously is very different from other rappers abroad. 
 

Click the image above to go to the streaming video of the film.

Click the image above to go to the streaming video of the film.

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