It’s been a couple months in the making, and I couldn’t be happier to release it for all to read. Filled with text and photos, the China Outlook dishes up some much-needed insight into the evolving youth culture of Mainland China. Keeping with THE PUSH SHOVE’s penchants, this publication focuses predominantly on developments in Chinese sub-cultures, and is organized into four areas:[via The Push Shove]
- Youth culture beyond Shanghai and Beijing
- The expanding underground music scene
- 2011 the year of Action Sports
- The Virtual – Actual Network
End of Year Top Albums 2010 [zoho.co.uk] provides a visual summary of the most successful music albums in 2010, based on the aggregation of a large variety of music rankings and charts, ranging from Amazon.com's list, over the Daily Telegraph to Rolling Stone and The Times).1019
Yesterday Mattias and I rode our bikes to the outskirts of Shanghai to check out the world's largest skate park ('SMP International Skate Park'). We ran into seven year-old Xiao He, comfortably dropping-in and rolling around the various banks, hips, fun boxes, rails, ledges and hubbas. He told us he'd been skating for one year. For me it was further evidence of a growing mainstream acceptance of alternative sports and sub-cultural movements like skateboarding, fixed-gear cycling, punk, indie music, urban art and sneaker culture. After all, his parents had to buy the equipment and drive him to the skate park every weekend for the past year.
Shots of Xiao He in action after the jump.
After the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and the millions and millions of visitors who came and went, the message still lingers on in Shanghai: 'Better City, Better Life' Film Director Bas Roeterink, music house MassiveMusic Shanghai and Rapper Tang King ('TK') sat down, took that message, and spun it around. 'Make a Better City, Have a Better Life'.
On the surface, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is true to the imaginative representations of popular fiction. But chaos, noise and filth are merely birthmarks on India’s biggest and most diverse city. Offensive contradictions coexist harmoniously in its flesh. But its dusty old soul rewards persistent open-mindedness and brave curiosity...Continue reading this article on the Qantas Travel Blog and check out the featured photo gallery.
[October 12, 2010] George Michael has been released from prison after serving half of an eight-week sentence for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. [via Guardian]To mark this day, here's Lindsay Anderson's "Foreign Skies" documentary of Wham!'s 1985 China tour. Wham! was the first western band to tour China, consummating the 10-day tour with a show, attended by 10,000 screaming fans at the Workers' Gymnasium in Beijing. 621
“My fundamental belief is that people across the globe are more alike than dis-similar. My belief is there's a global youth culture, where a youth in India has more in common with youth in NY than with people from rural India.” Joseph Tripodi, Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company.372
The article above discusses insights into the failures of marketing efforts targeting China's Youth, and recommendations moving forward. Finally, hard numbers to prove that youth don't have to belong to one tribe. In fact, the study cited in the article above suggests that Chinese youth dip in and out of a number of different sub-cultural tribes simultaneously.