You’ve Come a Long Way, Babe

Women in China have walked long distances on healthy feet since 1949 when Mao said, “Women hold up half the sky.”

Today, it seems Chinese women do more than hold up half the sky—they control it. I’m talking about Chen Lu Yu, a popular Chinese television talk show host who reaches an audience estimated at more than 140 million in China.

Chen Lu Yu

Chen has been called the “China’s Oprah”. Chinese media officials have censored the topics Lu Yu covers, but, according to Lu Yu, the show has yet to hear from the Chinese censors. She has talked about HIV, lesbians, transsexuals, marriage problems—you name it, and her Chinese audience loves her.

The show is called “A Date with Luyu” and it first aired on January 5, 2002. Chen has also appeared on America’s Oprah.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

His latest novel is the multiple-award winning Running with the Enemy.

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3 Responses to You’ve Come a Long Way, Babe

  1. Terry K Chen says:

    To be honest, I don’t really like Oprah’s or Lu yu’s show. I find them terribly fake at times. Sometimes its extremely obvious that “emotional” moments have been planned out in advance.

    • Terry K Chen,

      Exactly. That’s show business. If you want an audience, you identify them and learn what they want and give it to them (even if what they want is a fantasy world) so it is contrived at times.

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