The name came about since the color yellow in China have been associated with pornography and sex. The Communist Party of China saw pop music as sexually indecent and labeled the C-pop genre as such. The term was used continually up to the Cultural Revolution.
- Jones. Andrew F.  (2001). Yellow Music – CL: Media Culture and Colonial Modernity in the Chinese Jazz Age. Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-2694-9