Chinese Dad’s Realization: Not a good father
After the explosion of pop music and matchmaking reality shows on TV, yet another, and even weirder, one has stepped up to garner the nation’s attention: Dad! Where Are We Going? 《爸爸去哪儿》.
Centered around the parent-child relationship, the show documents what happens when celebrity fathers take their child to rural China, and how these fathers can take care of their child by themselves. For many, it is the first time they have traveled and and lived without the help of the child’s mother.
Surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, the show’s popularity skyrocketed. Viewers fell in love with the adorable children (aged 4-5 years-old), and laugh and cry at the interaction between these fathers, sons, and daughters. Celebrities these dads may be, but in these episodes the only role they play is that of parent.