Yellow Music

Yellow Music (Chinese: 黃色音樂, Huang2 Se4 Yin1 Yue4, wong sik jam ngok) or (Chinese: 黃歌, Huang2 Ge1, wong go) was a label used to describe early generations of Chinese popular music in Shanghai, China during the 1920s to 1940s as a reference to pornography.


The name came about since the color yellow in China have been associated with pornography and sex. Communist Party of China saw pop music as sexually indecent and labeled the C-pop genre as such. The term was used continually up to the Cultural Revolution.

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The term also has a racial implication as c-pop founder Li Jinhui was also trying to build a genre with Chinese musicians. Yellow skin has generally been associated with Asians.

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