Soap operas on Tudou
I've been watching 欢迎爱光临 on Tudou. Anybody else seen it?
I've been finding at least a 1/3 of the language pretty easy, and the story is quite simple (how many cliches can one fit in 30 mins?), but I have to read the subtitles, and I'm often pausing to look stuff up.
Anyway, there were a couple of things that struck me. Firstly, there is a model cast in it, and she is really, really skinny. It didn't look healthy. So my question is whether anorexia is becoming more of a problem in China these days. I don't pay a huge amount of attention to supermodels over here, but I'm sure even Kate Moss is not that thin.
Secondly, the portrayal of the female role seems so... 1950s. I know it's the "idol drama" genre, but the woman seems so helpless and submissive in many ways. She can't even detach herself from a tree when her clothes get caught on it, and her knight in shining armour comes along to save her from the tree. Is that kind of female role appealing to the Chinese youth market?
I think I'll have to watch more of these. They do amuse me!
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