Flexible Celebrity: A Half-Century of Miao Pop

Louisa Schein

in Celebrity in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9789622090873
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206670 | DOI:
Flexible Celebrity: A Half-Century of Miao Pop

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This chapter discusses three ethnic minority female popular singers. The first singer, Luo Xiuying, was prominent as early as the 1950s, trained and promoted by the Maoist state as part of both minority and cultural policy implementation. The second, Ying Yang, is a product of diaspora sponsorship and, while based in China, developed a fan base overseas. The third, A You Duo, emerged on her own as a “self-made” star in the market of the 1990s and ended up with a transnational audience through unexpected channels. The three cases chart a course of transition in the conditions of production, both material and cultural, of minority-themed popular music since the 1949 revolution. By comparing these highly divergent personalities, the chapter explores the different kinds of fan bases constituted by discrepant moments in economic and opening policy during the last fifty years in China.

Keywords: singers; Lu Xiuying; Ying Yang; A You Dou; popular music; fan bases

Chapter.  9638 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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