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Message in a Bottle: Lyrical Laments and Emotional Expression in Mandopop
Marc L. Moskowitz
The China Quarterly
No. 194 (Jun., 2008), pp. 365-379
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20192202
Page Count: 15
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This article explores the ubiquitous themes of loneliness, isolation and anomie in Mandopop (Mandarin Chinese language pop music). This is not to imply that people in the PRC and Taiwan are lonelier than people from other countries but, rather, that being human they experience these emotions. What is distinctive here is that Mandopop becomes a primary conduit to express feelings that are sanctioned in daily speech. The article addresses these concerns and uses in-depth interviews in Shanghai and Taipei to find out why Mandopop's themes of loneliness and isolation are so resonant to its fans.
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