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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“.


Insight into China’s creative industries

After a break from the culent@athens talks, I am back with great Cultural Entrepreneurship News :-).

I’ll start this week with a new report published giving companies looking to China for new business opportunities valuable information on the country’s cultural and creative industries.

[…] ‘The China Cultural and Creative Industries Reports 2013’ is an overview of China’s cultural and creative industries (CCIs) written by Chinese academics but now available in English to a global audience. It is designed to address the gaps in the existing literature, including policy changes, emerging trends and investment opportunities of the CCIs in China to help individuals, businesses and organizations wanting to compete in this area. The reports provide access to research and critical perspectives on CCIs on an industry-by-industry basis. Areas researched in this first collection include film, news and publishing, broadcasting and TV, animation and games, new media, advertising, fine art and performing arts.

To read the full article, click here.

To buy the report, click here.


Touch Shanghai-Development of creative industry

In the Touch Shanghai website of the Municipality of Shanghai, a visitor can find info and contact details of 10 selected developments for the Creative Industries. It is an impressive promotion and work in the different creative disciplines.

touchshanghaiThe 10 developments are:

  1. The Bridge 8 Creative iesCluster
    A Promising Land for Creative ies
    The Bridge 8 Creative iesCluster lies in the center of Shanghai. As one of the first creative iesclusters, it is a demonstration center of energy conservation and consumption reduction for the renovation of the old workshops of Shanghai, a base of Shanghai for foreign culture exchanges, and a landmark for creative iesof Shanghai and even China. Official Website:
  2. F525 Art Forest
    How Did an Old Factory Become a Mini “UN”
    As a creative industry cluster, F525 Art Forest was built on the transformed workshops of a garment factory. The zone is designed to create a working atmosphere suitable for these engaged in creative industries and provide value-added services suitable for the development of creative enterprises. Official Website:;
  3. New Ten Steel (Redtown)
    New Art Life of the Old Workshops
    Redtown Culture and Art Community, created in the New Ten Steel Creative Industry Cluster, is located at No. 570 West Huaihai Road, Changning District, adjoining Xujiahui Business Center. Built on the former site of No. 10 Steel Plant of Shanghai Steel Company, it covers an area of around 50,000 square meters and a total building area of 46,000 square meters. Official Website:
  4. Wise Jinsha – 3131 Creative Park
    A Creative Industry Park Based Upon E-commerce
    Wise Jinsha – 3131 Creative Park is the Phase I project of Wise Jinsha, Shanghai International Information Service Industry Park. The park is located at No. 3131 Jinshajiang Road. The former site of the park is the workshop building of a factory on Zhenxin Sub-district. Official Website:
  5. Shanghai Pan-Tongji Design and Creation Cluster
    Creative Industry Cluster in the “City of Design”
    Shanghai Pan-Tongji Design and Creation Cluster covers an area of 2.6 square kilometers around Tongji University. In 2009, the zone was denominated by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China as “Pan-Tongji R&D Design Service Industry Base” under the National Torch Program.
  6. Shanghai Design and Trade Promotion Center
    A Platform for International Design and Trade Services
    Considering the circumstance that China lacks independent brand and independent innovation ability in export products, Shanghai Design and Trade Promotion Center was founded on September 16, 2010. With a view to becoming a public service platform, the center focuses on the industries of home textile and household products, textile and garment, etc. in the early stage. Official Website:
  7. M50 Creative Park
    Art Blossoms on the New Tree
    Built upon the plot affiliated to Shanghai Chunming Roving Factory, M50 Creative Park is located at No.50 Moganshan Road on the south bank of Suzhou Creek, Putuo District, which is also one of the birthplaces of national industries in Shanghai. The Park is renowned for its best protected national textile industrial complex along Suzhou Creek spanning from the 1930s to the 1990s. Official Website:,
  8. China Peasant Painting Village
    Artistic Creative Power from Countryside
    China Peasant Painting Village, the birthplace of Shanghai Jinshan Peasant Painting, is the hometown of Chinese folk painting and enjoys high prestige home and abroad. The folk culture and art have been well preserved, inherited, and explored locally. Currently developing into a special cultural industry, Jinshan Peasant Painting is in sound growth under joint support of government, media and peasant painters. Official Website:
  9. Shanghai Multimedia Industry Park
    A New Digital Frontier and Culture Landmark in Shanghai
    Founded in 2002, Shanghai Multimedia Industry Park is the first of its kind in China featuring multimedia. The park has been granted the titles of National Digital Media Technology and Industry Base and National Cultural Industry Model Zone by Ministry of Science and Technology as well as Ministry of Culture successively. Official Website:
  10. Zhangjiang Cultural Industry Park
    Forging the Service Chain of Cultural Industry for Development of Digital Media Industry
    Zhangjiang Culture Holdings Co., Ltd was founded in June of 2008 through RMB 300 million Yuan investment from Shanghai Zhangjiang (Group) Co., Ltd. As the operator, service integrator, and developer for cultural industry in Zhangjiang Park, Zhangjiang Culture Holdings Co., Ltd adopts the mode of group operation and focuses on policy, service, industry, and the talents. Official Website:

For more info, visit the Touch Shanghai-Development of creative industry websites here and here.

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