Some things to consider before doing business with the Red Dragon?
If you want some serious awakening to the state of China and the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), I recommend you to plunge through these articles, written by Chinese authors. They are currently shaking mainland China and reaching more and more mainland readers:
China, still ruled by the CCP, is becoming more and more powerful in the global economy, and more and more companies are turning to that market - either for export opportunities to a huge market or for the cheapest production possibilities. The Olympics are coming up. At the same time, huge human rights crimes are committed, only that they are kept away from open view (unlike the Cultural Revolution).
Of course, this also involves the global media and music market, and in the end I guess everyone has to come to their own understanding on where to stand in relation to this issue.
Personally, I love the profound traditional Chinese culture, have visited the country twice, and am married to a Chinese, but the current regime has simply destroyed much of the country´s culture. And God knows how many musicians who right now are being persecuted either for their political or religious beliefs.
Maybe something to think about next time you get a gig in connection to China. Persecution need money to go on...
Thought I should share this issue with you.
ps. Next time you drink your tea, you might also want to think about that Laogai Research Foundation estimates that 1/3 of all tea produced in China are produced in laogais - forced labour camps (where dissidents and conscience prisoners are placed, and then often tortured).ds.