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New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination$
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Michael Keane, Anthony Y. H. Fung, and Albert Moran

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098206

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098206.001.0001

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Super Girl and the Performing of Quality

Super Girl and the Performing of Quality

(p.123) 8 Super Girl and the Performing of Quality
New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination

Michael Keane

Anthony Fung

Albert Moran

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the fascination with Idol formats, including industrial formats as well as generic variants and clones. It examines the evolution of Idol shows in China and Hong Kong, focusing on the Super Girl phenomenon within China. While talent formats sound familiar in the light of the global Idol franchise, they were a new phenomenon in mainland China, attracting the attention of cultural and industry critics who proclaimed a new stage of development in TV culture. Super Girl took south China by storm, with huge numbers of registered applicants.

Keywords:   Idol formats, China, Hong Kong, talent formats, idol franchise, Super Girl

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