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Meet the Japanese porn star shaking up the Chinese web

May 27, 2011 - Travel Wire Asia

The following guest contribution is republished with permission from The Me, “a global commentary serving you daily doses of sanity”.

Her Chinese name has more than 41 million page hits on Google, more than that of Mao Zedong, Yao Ming or Confucius. In April, when appearing at a motor show in the remote Chinese provincial capital of Nanchang, she caused such a pandemonium that she had to flee the stage after just three minutes.

Pure and pretty she appeared on stage, an overenthusiastic crowd and an awkward microphone malfunction made her flee – some in the crowd were clearly not used to seeing her with clothes on.

Meet Sora Aoi, the baby-faced, always smiling Japanese adult film star who’s taking China by storm. Even though porn is illegal in China. But an awakening and increasingly open-minded middle class and Sora’s unique approach rewrite the rules. She’s really communicating with Chinese netizens, tells Hicaitou, an influential Chinese blogger, The Daily Beast.

The way how she combines the innocent-girl-next-door with the unsaid, the obvious with ease, naturalness and spontaneity, it’s just too perfect.

That’s why she’s a phenomenon on Weibo, the Chinese Twitter clone. As soon as the Japanese porn star opened her Weibo account appropriately on Novembrer 11, 2010, China’s Singles Day, she immediately became one of the hottest bloggers in China.

In the world of the microblogging, the attention focused on the AV actress is beyone imagination, and she is now listed no. 1 in the most influential microblogger polls. Go figure. A Japanese porn star in China has more followers than leading examples and stars of the Chinese society.

In the first six hours, Sora Aoi gained 130,000+ followers, dramatically exceeding her numbers on Twitter, reports Want China Times.

Again, porn is illegal in China. But also extremely popular. And Sora Aoi entertains with her messages, she never spams. She broadcasts, but also listens and engages. Lastly, her posts are clearly authentic – clearly her -, rather than the dry, soulless talk of a hired PR gun.

Her most important tool though may be the daily renewal of her photos, clearly setting her apart from the tens of thousands of other porn stars out there. None has millions of fans on Weibo. That’s not bad for an actress whose vast majority of titles are banned in China. But there are ways. China has tens of thousands of massage parlors with unsuspiciously red light lighting, and many of the suggestively dressed women in barber shops have never picked up a pair of scissors.

But Sora Aoi is not only a bosomy Japanese AV idol whose film credits include “Complete Obedience, Masochist Secretary,” or “Bit T*** Zombie,” or “Sora Will Relieve You Greatly.” She’s actively engaging her fans. She’s neither artificial nor insincere.

She has been publicly practicing her Chinese calligraphy and studying Mandarin. And why would she ignore social issues and politics. Last year she launched an effort to raise relief funds for a major earthquake in Western China, and after the Japanese tsunami hit she posted a message in support of a province in China which had been hit by a small earthquake at around the same time.

By carefully testing the limits of censorship, Sora Aoi is also taking a political position. She’s part of the domestic debate showing the widening space for controlled sexual expression in Chinese Media. In her public appearance and on her Weibo feed, Sora manages to juggle being engaging to women, sexually suggestive to the men, and subtle enough to stay out of trouble with China’s Ministry of Culture.

Sora Aoi is not just hot, she’s popular – and Japanese. Chinese still resent Japanese for war crimes. Sora Aoi’s undeniable talents defy the old distrust and hate. The porn netizen overcomes history.

Sora Aoi leads no double life. Who can be more open than her. A key to success, it seems.

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JR: As someone who recently began using Weibo (my profile is here), I’m intruiged by the service, its potential and particularly how this young woman has made a huge impression on the service despite being such an outsider.

Thanks very much to Daniel at The Me for contacting me and providing this post.

If you are interested in writing a guest post or having an article republished on this column, please email me: jmarussell [at] gmail [dot] com.

Agoda

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