Monday, January 30, 2006

CCTV Spring Festival Show

The CCTV show on the eve of traditional Chinese Spring Festival has been the most watched show ever in any given year since its first debuet in 1979. Consequently, it has been one of the most sought after advertising events in which NEC paid more than $100 for 10 seconds commercial in 2005. Nonetheless, like anything else in China, it has also been a stage for political expressions in support of the CCP. Although the producers have never exhausted ideas in appealing the CCP, they reached a new height in this year's show, when they glorified the family names of president Hu Jiantao and the still influential former president Jiang Zemin in this scene. At the moment, the performers were supposed to go through the 'One hundred Names' of Chinese people. All Chinese characters representing family names flew by, while the two 'Jiang' and 'Hu' received extra time. Bravo!

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