Feature Story

In the past two or three years, China’s televised reality singing competitions have taken the region by storm. These shows boast high-flying artists as judges and mentors while promising audiences fresh cream-of-the-crop talent. Shows such as ‘Sing! China’ and ‘I Am Singer’ boast viewerships in the hundreds of millions, and are rapidly solidifying their reputation as a viable source of opportunity and success for artists both established in the Mandopop scene and amateurs looking to find fame. Yet we are left with mixed feelings about the wider cultural impacts of these shows, so in this three-part series, we’ll explore their pros and cons in relation to three issues: brand China, the reality show format and finally their impact on the Mandopop industry. The purpose of this series is to encourage us all to think more critically about the entertainment we consume. Good entertainment is not necessarily good music, and when money talks, it's always worth having a care for those who listen.

Roots-finding in Taiwan


The News Lens Feature

Taiwanese kids have been adopted by Dutch families since 1989, most between 1993 and 2000, when 317 children found a new home in the Holland. Now in early adulthood, many are seeking to meet their biological parents and find their Taiwanese roots. Last year, the Dutch journalist and mother Maureen Welscher made a so-called “roots-finding” trip with her two adopted children from Taiwan, aged 14 and 17. What follows is a series of testimonies of those involved in the roots-finding experience, starting with Maureen and moving on to two young women who were adopted from Taiwan, Emma and Rianne.