Hoofin’s Far East Asian Pop Culture Corner

In this installment, I want to mention an artist who is virtually unknown in the U.S., but is very big over in China. Her name is Faye Wong (Wang Fei).

Through the magic of the internet (“This blog entry is brought to YOU through the Magic of the Internet!!!! Toot ta dooo!”) I was able to obtain a legitimate copy of Faye Wong’s CD “Jiang Ai” (Future Love).

This is a song that I first heard in an Asian restaurant in these parts of central New Jersey. It sounded like the start of a James Bond flick. But it’s actually a song about passionate love.

Apparently Faye Wong is a woman who really likes to express her feminine side. And on researching, I have discovered that inevitably this gets the censors in Beijing a little upset.

But I have, myself, listened to the entire album. And libertarian that I ordinarily am, I see nothing wrong with it. It may help that I speak very very little Chinese, and so only understand the English translations of lyrics I find on the net.

The CD I bought had a DVD attached (Faye Wong’s “All In” CD + DVD). The DVD has the music videos. I think they’re actually very good, and I’m glad I spent the money.

The thing about Asian artists, is you can tell that they study. (Here’s to a stereotype.) A lot of what the early ’80’s artists wanted to do, pre-FX, you see happening in Asian videos.

The DVD music video for Jiang Ai is outstanding. You’ve got maybe six or seven themes in it, and enough female suggestion without going over the top. Maybe the Beijing guys, who are still getting used to not having to wear Mao clothes, may find it too much. But to the American guy, look, we get Janet’s tit. That’s what passes for art. That middle ground of “suggestive sexuality”, what requires creativity and thought, is unplowed ground.