More Chinese Lip-Synching

Posted Sunday January 24, 2010 by John Gunders in |

Another lip-synching scandal in China (via ABC News):

Authorities in the Chinese province of Sichuan say two Chinese pop singers face fines amounting to around $12,000 for lip-syncing during a concert.

The two women are alleged to have mimed through a concert last September.

A ban on the practice was brought in after a young girl was embarrassingly revealed to have lip-synced at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Just whose version of authenticity is this? The integrity argument in pop music authenticity—that the output of the artist is the sincere expression of their effort and lived experience—derives directly from the Enlightenment and, especially, Romanticist philosophies. That is, strongly Western forms of thought that have never had much purchase in Eastern philosophies.

I wonder why the Chinese are importing these outmoded and largely irrelevant themes along with the genres and structures of Western popular music?

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