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China's senior dancers and their 'red songs' would do Mao proud
China's senior dancers and their 'red songs' would do Mao proud

The Raffles City mall is the kind of temple to globalized capitalist consumerism that might drive Mao Tse-tung to apoplexy if he were still alive. Inside, Chinese shoppers toss down credit cards at Sephora and chomp on Kentucky Fried Chicken. Outside, a Jumbotron beams highlights of the World Cup. But as dusk begins to settle over the shopping center, there's a stirring in the muggy plaza that would warm Chairman Mao's red heart. Zheng Xiaoyan, 57, a retired restaurant manager and leader of the Nanguan Arts Group, is assembling his troupe of nearly two dozen graying dancers and musicians for its nightly performance of "red songs," communist ditties popular during...

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