Minisode 4: The Simpsons in China and Bullet Subtitles
Thumbnail Image: Screenshot from The Simpsons, Season 17, Episode 10: "Homer's Paternity Coot"
Join us on this minisode of East Asia for All as we chat about America's favorite cartoon family, the Simpsons, in China. A global phenomenon, The Simpsons has been aired in China since the early 2000s, but was pulled from the air in 2006. Not long before this, The Simpsons aired an episode set in China, "Goo Goo Gai Pan," in which Marge's older sister Selma intended to adopt a Chinese baby girl.
True to form, in the episode the writers of The Simpsons poked fun at American tourists, Chinese history and culture, and leaned into tired stereotypes about "Russia's Wacky Neighbor." Listen in as we discuss the history of The Simpsons in China, "Goo Goo Gai Pan," and the use of bullet subtitles on online streaming sites used by Chinese viewers to comment not only on Simpsons episodes, but lots of other streaming TV and movies.
You can find this episode on the iTunes Store or listen to it below. Thanks for listening!
References and Further Reading:
- "The Globalization of the Simpsons," Medium
- "Surprise! The world's first Simpsons store will open in China, not Springfield," Mashable
- "Chinese cinemas trial on-screen viewer comments," Global Times
- Homer visits Chairman Mao in "Goo Goo Gai Pan," Youtube
- "Goo Goo Gai Pan" highlights, Youtube