How popular is the SBS drama “Man from the Stars” in China? According to U.S. news outlet The Washington Post, enough to make Chinese officials ponder over their own country’s cultural power.
On a article broadly covering how the Chinese cultural ego has been injured by “Man from the Stars’” popularity, the author William Wan cites a meeting held by one committee of China’s political advisory body (called the CPPCC) that spent a morning “bemoaning why China can’t make a show as good and as big of a hit.” He also quotes one CPPCC member as saying, “It is more than just a Korean soap opera. It hurts our cultural dignity.”
On one level, the grievance over the high popularity of a Korean drama in China is exasperated by long-standing regional rivalries, suggests the author