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Splash Biography


Major: International Studies

College/Employer: UChicago

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Past Classes

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A1442: Introduction to Chinese Pop: Music and Culture in Splash Spring 15 (May. 02, 2015)
Interested in what more than 1.3 billion people on the other side of world are listening to every day? Curious about who some of the greatest Chinese pop stars are and how they have influenced generations of listeners with their charisma, creativity and heartfelt hits? This class is an introduction to C-pop, a musical genre encompassing R&B, ballads, Chinese rock and Chinese hip hop by artists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other Chinese-speaking countries. You will learn about C-pop’s traditional legacy, its biggest pop stars, how it was molded by the history of modern China and why it has grown to attract billions of listeners with its unique appeal. You will also learn how Chinese pop differs from American pop music, how it has been influenced by Korean pop and Japanese pop, and what it implies regarding today's Chinese culture and society. Meet Jay Chou, Teresa Teng, Leehom Wang, Coco Lee, Jane Zhang, EXO, Jolin Tsai and others and embark on a journey of discovering and experiencing the fascinating C-pop world.