Hong Kong Baptist University Language Centre
GCLA1009 University English II (2013/14)
Assessment 2 – Synthesizing information (15%)
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University English II Synthesis Assignment
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Assessment 2: Synthesizing information (15%)
Write a synthesis of the three passages in 400 (+/-40) words. Your paper should use only information from these texts but you should use your own words and adopt referencing conventions. Your synthesis should answer the following question: How are reality TV shows viewed in China by general audiences and critics, and what actions have the Chinese government taken to control such TV programmes? __________________________________________________________________ Passage 1:
Bergman, Justin. (2010, June 30). (Abridged) China’s TV Dating Shows: For Love or Money? TIME. For a small but increasingly high-profile number of young women in modern-day China, true love is all about the numbers. A potential suitor may have a good sense of humor and reasonable good looks, but what they say really matters is if he owns an apartment and how many square feet it is. A sizable bank account is also a must, and, some say, so is a luxury car.
At least, that's the way things look if you watch Chinese television these days. Though China was slow to pick up on the reality-programming trend, a host of dating shows and American Idol copycats have emerged in recent years, capturing millions of viewers and angering critics who say the programs promote negative, non-traditional values among millions of urban Chinese youth viewers. The latest reality-TV scandal to transfix the nation involves Ma Nuo, a 22-year-old model from Beijing who appeared on China's most popular dating show, If You Are the One. She haughtily rejected an offer from a male contestant to take a ride on his bike. "I'd rather cry in a BMW car than laugh on the backseat of a bicycle," Ma told her suitor with a giggle.
The televised smackdown swept the Internet and made an instant celebrity of Ma in the country. The backlash among young Chinese was especially severe, reflecting growing anxieties over the widening gap between rich and poor, shifting societal values and the difficulties of finding a mate in a country where men are expected to outnumber women by 24 million in a decade. Xie Yong, wrote on the Web portal Sohu.com: "The most controversial aspect of these programs is the value contestants place on money worshipping and rich people. These opinions are so contrary to traditional values, like loving one's country and respecting one's elders ... But we can't do anything if these people just like ugly things."
This is cause for concern for the government. In response to the public outcry over Ma's infamous quote as well as comments from other money-obsessed contestants, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued a harsh set of new rules in early June for matchmaking programs. "Incorrect...
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