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  • China's modern dads are looking beyond the traditional distant approach to fatherhood
  • China's modern dads are looking beyond the traditional distant approach to fatherhood
    Hunan Television (2014) ©
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Where Are We Going, Dad? China’s new parental roles

As China's approach to parenting undergoes a dramatic shift, what turned a reality TV show about cute kids and their hapless dads into such a hot topic in the world’s most populous country?

Location China

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It was only when Chinese film director Wang Yue Lun was left in sole charge of his five-year-old daughter that he realised he didn’t know how to put her hair in a ponytail. Luckily, he was able to draft in some emergency assistance, in the form of the film crew recording the incident for Chinese TV – transforming an awkward pitfall into a teachable moment for millions of rapt viewers.

That’s because Yue Lun’s hairdressing fumble was just one of the many obstacles facing five celebrity dads in a new reality show that has taken Chinese TV audiences ...

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