Li Yuchun (李宇春), winner of 2005’s Super Voice Girls (超级女声 or chaoji nusheng) competition, will soon appear on collector’s stamps throughout China. For its incorporation of SMS voting into its decision-making process, cultural critic Zhu Dake declared Super Voice Girls “blazed a trail for cultural democracy” in China. China National Philatelic Corp. is eager to cash in on that trailblazing, as they are set to issue a series of eight stamps (RMB 36) and a set of eight commemorative envelopes (RMB 38) designed by Guo Chenghui.
China Daily notes:
Pop stars have never become the theme of stamps before, though China has issued commemorative stamps of famous artists such as the late Beijing Opera master Mei Lanfang.
So, no pop star has graced the face of Chinese stamps before, and now we have Li Yuchun, the Super Voice Girl, as the first? Perhaps it is just Shanghaiist, but her vocal range and tone are not THAT good — not first-pop-star-on-a-stamp good. Why is this girl so popular again? She is not super attractive. She does not have a super voice. She doesn’t have a super interesting personality. Kind of reminds of us … well, of ourselves here at Shanghaiist.