Chi­nese TV shows be­ing lapped up by Viet­namese young­sters

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pro­grams ( Di­vas Hit the Roads, Flow­ers on Trip), re­al­ity shows ( Awe­some Chal­lenge, or Up Idols) and other gen­res such as dat­ing ( We Are in Love) or fam­ily-re­lated shows ( Dad, Where Are We Go­ing).

To meet Viet­namese au­di­ence’s huge de­mand for Chi­nese shows, more and more Viet­namese teams spe­cial­iz­ing in en­ter­tain­ment pro­grams are be­ing es­tab­lished to make sub­ti­tles.

“On the Subteam’s Face­book fan­page, fol­low­ers send us mes­sages and com­ments ev­ery day about our trans­lat­ing sched­ule,” says Yu, head of the Earth Subteam, which is one of the most rep­utable trans­la­tion groups de­voted to Chi­nese shows. “That is stress­ful, but mo­ti­vat­ing,” she smiled.

Hav­ing started the team in July 2015, the 26-year-old woman says she has been very happy see­ing young­sters na­tion­wide, who have the same pas­sion for Chi­nese en­ter­tain­ment pro­grams, join­ing the com­mu­nity.

At first, the team pro­duced sub­ti­tles for the shows they liked on a vol­un­tary ba­sis. “We just want to spread joy,” says Yu. Now, with their trans­la­tions pur­chased and pub­lished by many video web­sites, joy is be­ing spread even fur­ther.

Com­pared to en­ter­tain­ment pro­grams pro­duced by other coun­tries, South Korea for in­stance, made-in­China shows have proved their unique at­trac­tive­ness.

“They are very rea­son­able in length. Most shows last for just un­der 15 episodes each sea­son — short enough to please both trans­la­tors and young au­di­ences, who are usu­ally less pa­tient than the el­derly group,” an­a­lyzes Yu.

Also, as Chi­nese shows are abun­dant in quan­tity and var­i­ous in gen­res and themes, view­ers of dif­fer­ent tastes have more chances to find their fa­vorite se­ries.

For Tu, Chi­nese shows not only help her re­fresh from classes, but also in­crease her knowl­edge in a re­lax­ing way.

“His­tor­i­cal events, beauty spots and many so­cial as­pects of the coun­try are re­flected in the shows. It’s awe­some that you can have fun and ac­quire knowl­edge at the same time. Stu­dents like me re­ally en­joy that,” Tu ex­plains ex­cit­edly.

Mean­while, ex­perts main­tain that cul­tural fac­tors play a crit­i­cal role in help­ing Chi­nese en­ter­tain­ment pro­grams win the hearts of Viet­namese young­sters.

“Viet­nam and China are neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, shar­ing many sim­i­lar­i­ties in pol­i­tics and cul­ture. This is very ad­van­ta­geous for Chi­nese cul­tural prod­ucts to be well-re­ceived in Viet­nam,” says Tran Thi Thuy, vice head of the Cul­ture-His­tory Re­search Depart­ment at the In­sti­tute of Chi­nese Stud­ies un­der the Viet­nam Academy of So­cial Sciences.

A pos­i­tive im­pact of grand­child care on psy­cho­log­i­cal well-be­ing was found for Chi­nese Amer­i­can grand­par­ent care­givers.” Xin Qi­dong, doc­tor and re­searcher

How­ever, lit­tle was known about how these tra­di­tional val­ues af­fect the men­tal health of Chi­nese older adults within im­mi­grant fam­i­lies.

Some of the main find­ings the study showed older adults who did not feel their chil­dren ful­fill­ing the cul­tural ex­pec­ta­tion of fil­ial obli­ga­tions were more likely to have both fam­ily and mar­i­tal con­flict.

The study found that car­ing for grand­chil­dren may be ben­e­fi­cial for men­tal health, but only if care­giv­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are not bur­den­some. Chi­nese el­derly were at risk of symp­toms of de­pres­sion when ex­pect­ing more care from chil­dren than they ac­tu­ally re­ceived.

The study de­duced that in­ter­gen­er­a­tional re­la­tions may be­come a “dou­ble-edge sword” that ben­e­fit or harm the men­tal health of Chi­nese older adults, as im­mi­gra­tion had changed the pat­tern of fil­ial obli­ga­tions ful­fill­ment and grand­par­ent care­giv­ing.

In or­der to im­prove the well­be­ing of Chi­nese older adults, Guo says: “Ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams may be de­signed to help both younger and older im­mi­grants to have con­ver­sa­tions about ex­pec­ta­tions, chal­lenges, and adap­ta­tions of fam­ily re­la­tions in the new so­ci­ety. De­vel­op­ing ways of en­hanc­ing the in­de­pen­dence of older adults while pre­serv­ing their close re­la­tions with fam­i­lies will be the key for such plan­ning.”

Xu adds: “Ad­di­tion­ally, though a pos­i­tive im­pact of grand­child care on psy­cho­log­i­cal well-be­ing was found for Chi­nese Amer­i­can grand­par­ent care­givers, both grand­par­ent and mid­dle par­ent gen­er­a­tions should be aware that grand­par­ent care­giv­ing is of a choice, not an obli­ga­tion. When bur­den is per­ceived in car­ing for grand­chil­dren, spe­cific ef­forts are needed to iden­tify and reach out to grand­par­ent care­givers who are in need of help.”

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