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ncers from the Liaoning Ballet of China will take their original ballet Hua Mulan to the United States a
nd Canada in late August, representing the troupe’s first performance of the classic outside of China.上海品茶微信
For Yu, who entered the Liaoning Ballet in 2009, it has been a unique process.
“In the past, I often played the roles of a swan or a princess. This tim上海品茶微信
e, I had to become a man who is ultimately found to be a woman,” she says. To act Mulan’s p
art well, she had to do push-ups and fight with sticks on stage, just like the male dancers.
上海品茶微信The story originates from a Northern Dynasty (386-581) folk song, known as the Ballad of Mulan. The song tells the tal
e of a valiant girl who joins the army on behalf of her ailing father, battles enemies to defend her country and fights with
high distinction. However, she refuses the accolades thrust upon her and ultimately retires to her hometown.上海品茶微信
Besides the physical techniques required, Chinese b
allet cares about portraying its characters’ inner world and expressing emotions.
“Playing the legendary warrior has made me grow up and deepened my understanding of performance, life and Chin上海品茶微信
ese culture,” Yu says. “You should be able to impress yourself before you can impress your audience.”
Qu Zijiao, 57-year-old director of the Liaoning Ballet, says: “To tell Ch
上海品茶微信inese stories to global audiences, the legend of Mulan is more relatable than others.”
She says it is a touching story, and Mulan’s heroic spirit, perseverance, and love fo
r country and peace can resonate with people everywhere, adding that many European and American audiences are
already familiar with her story thanks to Disney’s classic animated film, which introduced上海品茶微信
the legend of Mulan to the West. Additionally, the recent release of initial footage from Disney’s u
pcoming live-action remake of Mulan has sparked renewed interest in the character.
上海品茶微信The 100 plus-minute ballet Hua Mulan incorporates classic and modern art elements that will suit the taste of today’s a
udiences at home and abroad, according to Wang Yong, choreographer-director of the show.
Four Chinese banks were among the world’s top 10 most profitable companies over
the past year concluding at the end of March, according to a report by Bloomberg.
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Construction Bank achieved a net in
come of $45 billion and $38 billion respectively over the past year, closely following Apple Inc, which retai
ned its title of world’s biggest moneymaker for the fourth straight year with a net income of $57.2 billion.
The Agricultural Bank of China and the Bank of China were respectively ranked at the
seventh and 10th places in the top profit list, with $31 billion and $27 billion in net incomes.
While financial service companies claimed nine spots among the top 10 most profitable compa
nies, no drugmakers or automotive firms appeared in the list for the first time in eight years, the report said.
ople. However, neither the US nor China can expect to keep, much less get back, low-wage, low-skilled manufacturing jobs.
Many people have the impression that Chinese goods are dominant in US markets. That is true only in a few highly com
petitive, low-profit sectors. According to US Commerce Department data, China has more than 50 percent of the
US market in such items as umbrellas, toys, prepared feathers, footwear, straw products, and bedding.
Chinese exporters have from 20 to 50 percent of the US market in ot
her low-value-added markets, plus electrical machinery and equipment, mechanical app
liances, and iron and steel. In most other categories, China has less than 20 percent of the US market.
China also assembles and then exports a lot of phones, computers and other gad
gets to the US. But, most of the profits and wages go to Japanese or South Korean componen