Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Word of the Day: Shanzhai

Shanzhai is the word usually used to describe electronic products, like mobile phones or MP3 players to indicate that although these gadgets are very similar to things like Nokia or iPods, they aren't quite the real thing.

So China's RedBerry is a shanzhai of Research In Motion's BlackBerry, or crackberry as it's nicknamed.

But the word is now also used for television shows too.

The comedy series Ugly Wudi is adapted from the highly successful Ugly Betty in the United States.

China has so many of these kinds of shows that they're now called shanzhai dramas.

It's gotten so bad that there are now many editorials in Chinese newspapers complaining about the dearth of creativity in the country and is China only good for shanzhais?

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