Chinese TV shows being lapped up by Vietnamese youngsters
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.”