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曲藝 (traditional, Pinyin 曲艺), simplified
- quyi, a category of traditional, usually non-staged, Chinese vocal art forms such as changqu (唱曲, ballad singing), shuoshu (說書, storytelling), xiaopin (小品, comic dialogues), kuaiban (快板, clapper talk), and xiangsheng (相声, crosstalk).
The term 曲藝 acquired wide usage only after 1949. It is nearly synonymous with the earlier term 說唱.