It was just like an authentic karaoke bar in Beijing – about one hundred students, mostly Chinese, were at the karaoke party organised by the Chinese student association CASSW on Wednesday last week at the International Club.
Among the Chinese students karaoke, or KTV as they call it, is well known. Biotechnology student Cheng Tao: ‘It is very popular among young people. In the big cities they sometimes go to karaoke buildings where they rent a room to sing with classmates or good friends. It’s like going bowling with your family or friends.’ For the handful of Dutch students who attended the event it was a new experience. But after the contest they bravely followed the example set by their Chinese classmates, and like their fellow contestants they got kisses and a bouquet. / JH