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Jonathan Chambers - Shanghai,
Admittedly I have not seen your broadcast, however, I have
lived in Shanghai for 5 years, I can say that I'm a little
weary of hearing about Mian Mian and her book. Several years
ago, people were more interested in the fact that she was
embroiled in a battle with another local writer, and they
were both arguing about who came up with the idea first
(the 'other' book was "Shanghai Baby.")
Obviously these ideas have novelty
value outside of China, but I'm a little disappointed that
journalists keep latching onto the same 'celebrated' artists
and novelists, who possibly don't have much more to offer
in the way of originality.
There are plenty of 'controversial'
characters roaming the streets of Shanghai, but are they
any different to the 'look at me' breeds that pop up all
over the globe? Controversy sells.
Mr. Chambers, thank you for your comments. Since you were
unable to view the broadcast, we invite you and other
Web visitors to view the segment in its entirety on our
Web site in streaming
video. We look forward to your perspective, particularly
from the vantage point of living in Shanghai.
David Lee - Reno, Nevada
I simply have to get in touch with Martin Wong from the
Lanterns, because I love their music and I would like to
encourage them and support them in any way I can. Music
is the voice of the future!
Kelly Hankins - San Antonio,
This is an example of what we all need to hear. The philosophy
of this gentleman giving an example of "bubbles" co-relating
to 'dreams of young people" hits a heartstring in all of
us. We all have lots of bubbles when we are young. They
pop as you get older. Inspire us!!!! YES! Peace to "The
Sam Daven - Balt, Maryland
Can we get the music of the lanterns? Do you have a Web
site for them? It was unique and not like typical western
Ken Lay - Cincinati, Ohio
I was very taken with the song the group "the lanterns"
performed on this show. is there any way of contacting them
for a cd? Thank you.
Gil Sauceda - Pheonix, Arizona
I just wanted to comment on the band featured in this story
"The Lantern[s]." I thought they sounded great. Would love
to get a CD or ?
A number of you have written in asking for more information
about Martin, Dono, Jaco, and Jing, four members of a
Shanghai-based rock band called The Lanterns.
The Lanterns formed their band
three years ago after meeting each other at a rock concert
and named themselves after a well-known Chinese calligraphy
poem, Lan Ting Xu (The Orchid Pavilion). Martin Wong,
the lead singer, describes their sound as "groovy and
meditative with a lot of emotion in it." Most of their
songs are about childhood and broken dreams - subjects,
Martin says, that his generation feels strongly about.
The Lanterns do not yet have an English-language Web site
or streaming audio, but they expect to release their first
CD next year.
You can hear a bit more of their
music and another report by FRONTLINE/World reporter
Nguyen Qui Duc on PRI's
The World Web site.
To see some photos of the band,
visit their Chinese
language Web site.
Thanks for your comments.
David Lee - Reno, Nevada
I admire the fact that she [Mian
Mian] is putting herself and her views out there for
the rest of her country to see. Though she risks ridicule
and even imprisonment, it often takes one voice to turn
into a million voices, and it's obvious that many agree
with her. ...
Anonymous - Portland, Oregon
Way to go Mian Mian. An original flower child of China...
Mao kept them down so long, they are where America was in
the sixties, I believe they are a strong people. WE THE
PEOPLE are in charge, WE elect our government, so many countries
do not have that freedom.. Get out and VOTE.... Through
writers and music, and the underground... I think the people
of China will overcome, they love their country just like
we do, we overcame and still are overcoming....An American
who loves our planet and all the countries on it, after
all we are all human, right? Human rights??? yes???
Anonymous - Boise, Idaho
To tell you the truth, when I read parts of her book I was
blown away. Here in the states something like that would
be very mild, so when it was said the books had been banned,
I was blown away. I really thought that it was going to
be....more I guess. I figured i would be shocked by what
was written. I guess maybe it is because here in the states
we have been "brainwashed" in to thinking that sex and violence
is ok. But I do have to say more power to those in China
who are wishing to better their lives, better their freedom.
Anonymous - Madisonville, Kentucky
I try to keep up with things but I would've never have guessed
the attitudes and underground culture shown in this report.
Thanks for teaching me something.
Jonathan Falk - Gresham, Oregon
Dear Frontline World, I recently spent two weeks in Shanghai,
and I felt that "Shanghai Nights" implied that Shanghai
is ONLY about hedonism and youth. But I saw so much more:
The hustle of people of all ages on the streets, some older
people still in Maoist garb, fragments of old architecture,
Buddhist temples, insane traffic, a plethora of restaurants
with foods from all over, spicy, traditional, quiet or noisy
settings... Regarding Shanghai's "blinding neon," it is
not unique in this regard, many Asian cities have this quality,
although the nightlife may be a more recent development
in Shanghai... I thought "Shanghai Nights" interesting but
a little sensationalized.