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Hong Kong: “City of Dreams”

Jonathan Van Smit lives in Hong Kong and captures documentary-style street photography between the hours of 11pm and 4am. He's one of the most open and interesting guys I've ever met: the kind of guy that makes you want to put the mic away and be

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Hobo Daze

Hobo Daze: The Lords of Shenzhen

Vagabond Skateboards brought together their team to meet up with local skaters from Shenzhen and spend a day cruising through the Cantonese country side. 1322

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DaBaoGe (打包歌) Acoustic Shows

Take-Away Shows for China

It's been a very busy month, being on the road filming a research video with enovate and launching a new music video project with my friend Charles Lanceplaine. Let's talk about the music videos first. The most recent one, filmed in Taipei is

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"We All Want To Be Young in China" by enovate

We All Want to Be Young in China

"We All Want To Be Young in China" is a video I concepted/directed for enovate (edited by Giuseppe Farina). It's a 3-minute crash course on the evolution of contemporary youth culture in China. I really hope it inspires young people in China and

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Click through for Nick Peden's China Outlook Report

China [Youth Culture] Outlook

My mate Nick's thoughts in words and images, on the state of China's youth culture. Review to follow. But for now, gedditindaya. 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

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Zach Wahls

19 Year-old Zach Wahls on Gay Marriage

Yesterday, was the first day in the court hearing addressing the proposed ban of gay marriage in Iowa, which has been legal in the state since 2009. I'd challenge anyone to make a more compelling case for the legalisation of gay marriage than 19

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Converse Ni Skate Film

Converse Skate Film “Ni” 逆

The idea and the resources behind this film gave it a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the execution was lacking something: in the narrative, the message and the (skateboarding) tricks. 1226

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Christian Were: Vinegar Girl

Christian Were: Vinegar Girl

Also, Check out Christian Were's shots of Xinjian, China on flickr. Full of that nostalgic magic, produced when a great photographer masters the art of film. [via Ruby Pseudo]

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Hero of Naples

Shanghai’s Real Life Superheroes

Yes, the chap in this photo is for real. He's one of the real life, crime-fighting vigilantes dishing out justice on the streets of Naples, Italy. There's an entire online registry of people just like him patrolling neighborhoods all over the

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Shanghai 5 Skate Documentary by Charles Lanceplaine

Shanghai 5: Skateboarding Documentary

Shanghai 5 is a documentary of the development of the the city's skate culture and their on-going love affair with it's dreamy urban architecture. The debut screening was held at The Source, back in early December and I really wish I could have made

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smpskatepark

China’s Youngest Skater + World’s Biggest Skate Park

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,

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Li-Ning: Running with Nike + Adidas

A hilarious new video spot from Chinese athletic company Li-Ning. According to chinaSMACK, a number of Chinese sites are predicting Chinese expats in the US to take offence. But I think, if anyone, it's the mainstream American population who are most

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MassiveMusic

Massive Music Shanghai: Tang King

Earlier this week Diederik van Middelkoop of Massive Music emailed me their latest music video, "Shanghai, Shanghai" featuring rapper 'TK' Tang King. It's a really fun clip, featuring glimpses into all the iconic scenes you encounter everyday, living

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carsickcars

Carsick Cars Announce Split

Carsick Cars, perhaps one of China's most well known indie acts to international audiences, has split. Read an English translation of the band's official statement on Douban today below. 778

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Queen Sea Big Shark

Queen Sea Big Shark @ Mao Livehouse

Beijing indie-pop rockers Queen Sea Big Shark played at Shanghai's Mao Livehouse on Friday night. I've had people in the (China music) industry tell me their live show was over-rated. Friday night was anything but. The venue brought great sound and

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5KUAI

Video: 5KUAI (Shanghai)

My first attempt at a technique called "lens wacking" or "free lensing": A short film about our neighbours. The couple downstairs in our Shanghai laneway compound spend every afternoon dicing up fresh vegetables and cooking fresh noodle pasta.

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Five live tracks from two of China's most influential indie punk acts

Reel Cool #3: New York (China) Dolls

Five live tracks from two of China's most influential indie punk acts and one incredible, 'free folk' act. Filmed almost exactly 12 months ago in Brooklyn's powerHouse Arena. I love the film grading and production. Feels like it could have been

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JR exhibition

Images from JR Exhibition in Shanghai

Wrote a post yesterday about JR's work. Went and check out his latest exhibition opening at 18Gallery on the Bund tonight in Shanghai. JR himself (+team) was at the gallery and I managed to catch him to ask a few questions that I was keen for answers

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Ted Prize Artist JR

TED Prize Winner in Shanghai: Street Artist JR

Pervasive street artist JR, who was just awarded the TED Prize, is opening his latest exhibition 'The Wrinkles of a City' in Shanghai tonight. His work is characterised by intimately-shot black and white photographs, super-sized and pasted in

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Little Punk

Little Punk: China’s Answer to SoKo

Shanghai lofi indie-folker, Little Punk has just dropped her sophomore album, Hey guy, you are big time alright. and it's well worth a listen. Now. 672

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Nick Peden China Youth

Nick Peden: Images of Contemporary China

Here's a selection of really interesting images from Nick Peden. Nick recently returned to Shanghai, after a research adventure through greater China, focusing on youth culture in the country's second-tier cities. These images remind me why I love

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Wham in China

George Michael Released + Wham! in China

[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"

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Handsome Furs China Tour

Handsome Furs: Live @ Yuyintang (Shanghai)

Handsome Furs live @ Yuyintang Livehouse, Shanghai, China. Images shot by Andy Miller. Full set below. 622

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Inside China Straddling Bus

China’s Straddling Bus: The Inside…

The unveiling of China's innovative, congestion-alleviating new bus design caused a web storm this week. But what hasn't been released yet is what the inside of such a groundbreaking concept will look like. Here's the answer. 493

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Reptile and Retard China Tour

Reptile + Retard: The Know China, But Still Don’t Know How to Spell Beer

[image credit: Rasmus Weng Karlsen] A few months ago Danish duo Reptile and Retard completed a massive and very debaucherous tour of China. Here are some of the highlights published by Vice Magazine this week. 406

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The Problem with China’s Music Festivals

The downfall of the majority of music festivals in China is made obvious by one short quote from Suzhou International Music Festival's Chief Coordinator, Yu Hui. 396

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Baker and Spice Shanghai

China’s Best Baked Goods: Baker & Spice

The best bakery in China sits in the heart of Shanghai's French Concession district. Here are some images I took this week for an article appearing in New Zealand media. 350

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CutterSkink

ARAB in Shanghai

Swiss artist and my good mate, Ian White (aka Cutterskink, aka ARAB) recently dropped into Shanghai for a visit. Among some of the the mischief while he was here, we thew some paint up in an incredible abandoned old building. Check out some of the

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Sa Dingding

Sa Dingding: First Chinese Artist to Infiltrate the West

Sa Dingding (萨顶顶), a 26 year-old electronic-pop-folk artist, will be the first Chinese musical artist to 'conquer' the western music market. Here are 5 reasons why: 296

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Unlikely Allies: China + The Wu-Tang Clan

C.Custer posted an interesting retrospective on the ChinaGeeks blog this week, discussing soft power, censorship and how the Wu-Tang Clan became unlikely ambassadors for China and its traditional culture. So what do 90s east-coast hip-hop, the

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Canada + China Leading Piracy

The US names and shames the world's worst piracy offenders. The release, circulating news wires around the world couldn't come at a more opportune time for two of the main offenders. From 28 May–4 June 2010, a league of Canada's key music industry

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Who Are The Favourite Bands of China’s Youth?

BBC Radio 4 correspondent, Rajan Datar, went to a recent gig at one of Beijing's major live houses and asked a handful of Chinese youth to name their favourite bands. Their responses were varying combinations of the acts listed below. Oasis, Joy

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Hifana

Music Wars: Converse vs Nike

Above: The making of the Hifana+Nike Music Shoe. In August last year Converse stamped a giant Chuck Taylor star on the Chinese indie music scene with its hugely successful Converse Love Noise campaign, engineered by Shanghai agencies W+K and Split

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Article (link): The Breakdown of Tribal Borders

(via @NeochaEDGE) 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

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Shanghai (Spring) Breakfast

The most over-observed, polite conversation point in Shanghai: the tardy arrival of the new (warmer) season. Rather than pine about how much we missed the weather, with it's beautiful blue sky, tweeting birds and golden morning sun, we celebrated

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