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Galas are a drag on public funds

China Daily | Updated: 2013-03-12 09:22

Few of the many TV galas parties held across the country are environmentally friendly or properly themed, says an article in Beijing News. Excerpts:

As actor and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference member Pu Cunxi says, no country produces as many TV galas as China. Being an ardent supporter of the environmental cause, he has called for canceling unnecessary galas, because they generate piles of trash in the shape of disposable plastic items and posters and together cost tens of millions of yuan every year.

But trash is only part of the problem. The main question is whether we need so many galas and parties.

The bigger a gala in China is, the more multi-conceptualized it is likely to be. Galas organizers and event managers around China tend to highlight milestone themes, making galas look similar and increasingly devoid of details.

Besides, there is no need to hold a gala to observe every event. For example, we don't need a gala to felicitate a person or mobilize people for a cause. Therefore, we should not misuse public funds by holding extravagant galas to celebrate or observe every occasion.

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