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China’s Pretty Boys Find a New Gig: Propaganda Films - The New York Times

"Who is this effeminate boy who can hardly stand up straight playing my grandfather?" Mr. Ye added, referring to Oho Ou, the 24-year-old actor and singer who plays the army officer. "Who are you trying to humiliate?"

Mr. Ye's grandfather, Ye Ting, was a Nationalist turned Communist general who helped lead the Northern Expedition, the battles that unified China in the 1920s.

Chinese producers have taken to regularly casting xiao xian rou (pronounced shao-shin-ro) as a strategy for attracting young moviegoers.
via drudgereport.com

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 Despite the outrage over casting, many critics have come to the defense of the xiao xian rou, arguing that their participation helped make young people interested in their history. "Even though the little fresh meats in the movie still have delicate skin, their military stances are tall and straight," a commentator named Yu Xiaodong wrote in The Beijing Morning Post.

"They may not know what it was like for our forbears to use their own flesh to carry the destiny of our country and our people," the commentator wrote, "but at least they are making an effort to draw closer to our elders."

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