A young musician who wants to pursue a career in Chinese music has been stymied by the Chinese government.
He is Chen Hui, a native of Hubei province, who has been studying in the United States.
He has studied at the American Academy of Jazz in New York.
But he says that China’s regulations and restrictions on what music can and cannot be played are far from relaxed.
He said the government has not given him permission to record a new album or even to use his old material.
Hui, 22, is the son of a musician who had studied in the U.S. before moving to China and joining the jazz band.
His father, Chen Dong, had been a leading jazz musician before joining the government in 1980.
Chen Dong and his band have performed together for years in Shanghai.
In 2015, the band won the prestigious title of Best Jazz Band in China for a concert at the Chinese Cultural Center in Beijing.
“The government has told us that the music is illegal, but it’s not clear what they mean by that,” said Chen Hsiu, who asked that his last name not be used because he fears for his safety.
Hsiu is the second Chinese musician to be detained in the last two years.
A week after the New York jazz concert, the government said it was considering seizing the instruments and recording the songs.
The government’s crackdown on the music industry has been fueled in part by a crackdown on overseas Chinese musicians, who have fled to neighboring Taiwan to escape China’s strict censorship and restrictions.
Chens efforts to bring his music to the U, however, has been met with resistance.
“I’ve been in China a long time and have never heard of anything like this,” Chen Hsu said.
Calls to the United Nations Human Rights Council and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights were not immediately returned.