Creativity, Culture, and Misconceptions in Modern China

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We hear a lot of negative messages about culture and creativity in modern China. We hear about censorship and a lack of free speech, about internet restrictions (no Facebook) and too many bribes. But when it comes to music, TV, communication, and creativity in general – are our perceptions of China totally off base? And for that matter, what are modern Chinese people’s perceptions of America and our culture?

Today, we mull these questions over with two Americans who’ve lived off-and-on in China for a combined total of over thirty years.  

Jeremy Johnston is a member of the Chinese rap group Yin Tsang, one of the first groups in China to rap in Chinese.

And Rachel DeWoskin starred in the hugely popular 1990s Chinese TV series “Foreign Babes in Beijing.” She’s also the author of the memoir, “Foreign Babes in Beijing” – which is now being adapted for HBO.


Rachel DeWoskin and Jeremy Johnston

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Dojo Shaolin from Beijing

Peace to my brother Jeremy!Lao Zhang!

Feb. 11 2011 05:02 AM
Jeremy Johnston from Ridgeway, CO

Just wanted to thank the Takeaway for having me on the show. For anyone out there who is interested in Chinese hip-hop or what we are doing in Red China, reach out. you can find us on the web at yinent(dot)com or on my personal page myspace(dot)com/yintsangxiv.


Jan. 19 2011 08:29 AM

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