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Fathers’ roles in the family, especially when it comes to child caring, has been put in the limelight in the past few weeks after a reality show called “Where Are We Going, Dad?” became the latest hit in China. The show is adapted from a Korean show with the same name, and has been aired every Friday night at 10 pm on Hunan Satellite TV since October 11th.
For those who are tired of China’s endless talent and singing shows, “Where Are We Going, Dad?” provides a refreshing breeze. The show takes five celebrity dads and their young kids aged 3-6 to the countryside or the outdoors where each pair competes against one another in various tasks, without the presence or help of moms.
It’s now the top TV show of 2013 voted by Chinese netizens. Current participants include Taiwanese singer and professional car racer Jimmy Lin and his son Kimi. Olympic diving champion Tian Liang and his daughter Cindy. Actor Guo Tao and his son Guo Zirui. Director Wang Yuelun and his daughter Angela. Model Zhang Liang and his son Zhang Xuanyu. (And yes, these kids use their English names most of the time.)
As kids have long been an obsession in China, most people tuned in for the show because it offers a rare glimpse into how celebrities, who are presumably the country’s elites, interact and educate their kids.
The show takes the father-son duos into rural villages, deserts and other remote destinations in China and sets different survival tasks such as finding water, putting up shelters and interacting with animals. Such an outdoor adventure setting itself has a lot of appeal to China’s rising middle class who themselves crave for more outdoor fun. When seeing a flock of wild geese on the way to an ethnic village in southwestern China, Cindy, one of the little contestants, told her father: “These are impossible to see in Beijing.”
And most importantly, the show highlights the changing roles of fathers in Chinese families. Gone is the old perception that “men work outside and women take care of the home.” This is not to say that the celebrity dads in the show are perfect ones. In fact, they started as typical examples of conventional Chinese dads whose busy schedules have prevented them from spending much time with their kids. Before “Where Are We Going, Dad?” their kids were probably asking “Where are you, dad?”
In the first episode where the contestants were send to spend 3 days in a village in the outskirts of Beijing, Wang Yuelun, one of the dads in the show, struggled big time trying to put his daughter’s hair into a ponytail and ended up asking for help from the production crew. Four of the five dads didn’t know how to cook a proper meal. Guo Tao, another one of the dads, said: “Only 3 full days of taking care of my son, I feel like breaking down. I cannot image how my wife managed this for the past 6 years.”
They were bad but they are ready for a change. Viewers are able to tell over the course of the show that these celebrity dads are making efforts to become better fathers. As the show steps into the 8th episode, the dads have become much more confident and comfortable with taking care of their kids in long periods of time or dealing with crisis such as crying kids or fighting kids.
"’Where Are We Going, Dad?’ becomes a hit show not only because it’s based on a new and interesting idea, but more importantly because it echoes our society’s thirst and expectations of more care and love from dads.” One netizen vv123 commented.
The show has also ignited national discussions on what is the best father-son relationship. Many lauded Taiwanese star Jimmy Lin because he knows how to play and is very good at engaging his son. Others prefer mainland model Zhang Liang’s way of parenting – “He is just like a buddy to his son” as many netizens noted.
Most fans get more than celebrity father-son stories out of the show. One viewer 那一抹阳光ycj commented: “The real appeal of the show is that it teaches and prompts us dads to reflect on how to better communicate and interact with our kids.”
In a recent survey of 500 Chinese fathers by communications company JWT, respondents ranked driving their children to extracurricular activities and to school first and second daddy jobs. And honestly, many Chinese dads do nothing more than driving their kids around.
When Chinese men are busy getting more money to provide for their families, many forget to actually provide care and love. A father of a 3-year-old commented: “Endless work leaves me with little time with my kid. I have no say in the family right now because my kid only listens to his mom. After watching the show, I really feel the need to spend more quality time with my kid.”
In the most recent episode, Kimi, son of Jimmy Lin, nodded that he missed his dad a lot while he’s away: “I hope my dad can spend more time with my mom.”
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The Gender Action Group (a student group) of Beijing Foreign Studies University recently released a series of 17 photos of its female members’ “what my vagina says”. It’s to promote the group’s new play adapted from Eve Ensler’s famous Vagina Monologues.
By telling stories of the vagina, the group aims to call for respect for the “second sex,” as well as raising women’s own self-awareness. The only problem? Chinese netizens thought that they went too far…and that these female students are ugly.
“After looking at their faces, I have no interest in listening to what their vagina have to say.” Netizen 赵老师在狮城 commented. “Typically, the freedom of the vagina depends on the owners’ appearance.” Netizen 杜草原 commented. Another netizen zcz志 asked: “Can’t they find a few prettier ones to do this?”
Most netizens thought these girls have crossed a line. “This is so low. Don’ they have shame?” Netizen 猫人沃尔佛V commented. Another netizen 爱之123 added: “This is disgusting. Will these girls still have the ’face’ to live on?”
Netizen 爱琳只为你 explained why she has been annoyed: “I’m not sure about what they’ve been learning at school, but being open, free and international doesn’t mean making a big deal of their private parts.”
The irony is that these negative reactions themselves prove exactly the necessity of more feminist calls in China.
"My vagina says: ‘I have the say on who can get it.’"
"My vagina says: ‘I want respect.’"
"My vagina says: ‘I can be a slut, but you cannot harass me.’"
"My vagina says: ‘I’m not a sensitive term.’"
"My vagina says: ‘I don’t give a damn to virginity.’"
"My vagina says: ‘Please don’t act in the name of love.’"
”My vagina says: ‘I want to be heard, be seen and be recognized.’”
”My vagina says: ‘Don’t bother me if you are not sincere.’”
”My vagina says: ‘She only listens to me.’”
“My vagina says: ‘Open for business.’”
“My vagina says: ‘Closed for business.’”
"My vagina says: ‘Self-awareness and education are important.’"
“My vagina says: ‘I craze for unlimited pleasure.’”
“My vagina says: ‘I want freedom.’”
”My vagina says: ‘I want! I want it!.’”
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