Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Creative Cultural Entrepreneurship, Connecting Congress & Our Legislators

As I was looking for culent and local communities, I found this presentation entitled “Creative Cultural Entrepreneurship, Connecting Congress & Our Legislators“, by Julianna Martinez-Barbee, Director of America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The slide show was presented at the Annual National Summit of the University Economic Development Association in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

I quote from the presentation: “Come meet creative businesses that are living their passion through tradition and culture and hear their story. Learn how coming together with Congressional Delegates, Legislatures and the Northern New Mexico College President has resulted in positive outcomes. Learn about our student mentorship program and how being taken out of the classroom has cultivated a desire to go to college and the entrepreneurship opportunities that have developed.”

Comedy and Cultural Entrepreneurship in Xu Zhuodai’s Huaji Shanghai

I recently found an unusual piece of reading about Comedy and Cultural Entrepreneurship!

The piece is entitled “Comedy and Cultural Entrepreneurship in Xu Zhuodai’s Huaji Shanghai” by Christopher G. Rea can be found in the Modern Chinese Literature and Culture journal (vol. 20, no. 2 (Fall 2008), pp. 40-91).

I quote from the abstract:

“How did Shanghai laugh before the arrival of Lu Xun’s satire (fengci) or Lin Yutang’s humor (youmo)? This essay brings to light the forgotten culture of huaji (“funny”) laughter, which flourished in Shanghai’s entertainment market during the first half of the twentieth century. Though indebted to the motif of “play” (youxi) that had dominated the city’s entertainment press during the late Qing dynasty, huaji culture in the 1920s developed a distinctly gay and celebratory comic sensibility in Republican Shanghai’s increasingly diversified media environment. The catalysts for this change were cultural entrepreneurs like Xu Zhuodai, a popular fiction writer who was also an actor, editor, translator, educator, filmmaker, and businessman. ”

For more info and to get a copy of this reading, click here.

Also from the same author and Nicolai Volland, on the same subject, you can read “The Business of Culture: Cultural Entrepreneurs in China and Southeast Asia, 1900-65“.

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