In Context: Wu Chong on Beijing’s Punk Scene

In Context: Wu Chong on Beijing’s Punk Scene

Not long ago, the concepts of individuality and self-expression were largely unfamiliar to the Chinese people. Over the past thirty years that’s changed, largely thanks to the introduction of international culture, which catapulted the country’s own breakneck artistic evolution. There is still a lot of ground to cover though, and China’s socio-political environment is fertile soil for punk rock – [...]

March 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm 0 comments

Courtyard House Plug-in by People’s Architecture Office

Courtyard House Plug-in by People’s Architecture Office

The Design Hop initiative was launched as part of Beijing Design Week in an effort to engage designers in the complex issue of rejuvenating and preserving the deteriorating historic neighborhoods in Beijing. The Dashilar hutong, or courtyard neighborhood, is a once-thriving area that, like so many Beijing hutongs, had fallen into disrepair. Dashilar now serves as the main Design Hop [...]

November 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm 0 comments

Tuned In at Yu Gong Yi Shan

Tuned In at Yu Gong Yi Shan

How does twenty-first-century indie music sound when it’s only been around for twenty years? Where do alt-leaning kids hang out in a place that didn’t have access to international cultural context until the ’80s? We went to Beijing’s leading independent music label’s fifth anniversary concert to find out. The Chinese music scene exploded in the early 2000s. Maybe Mars, a record [...]

October 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm 0 comments

Destination, Beijing’s Premier Gay Club

Destination, Beijing’s Premier Gay Club

Destination is Beijing’s premier gay club that’s been around for over 8 years. It’s more than just a club though – this imposing building in the Chaoyang District is a multi-story cultural center, with themed party rooms and bars on the first floor giving way to art galleries above, followed by community areas and a free HIV-testing clinic at the [...]

February 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm 0 comments

Moonglow Burlesque

Moonglow Burlesque

The word “Burlesque” means “to lampoon”, or “to subvert”. Today, this word is most often associated with the art of rollicking striptease. First popularized in mid-1800s England, this phenomenon has been enjoying a rampant Western revival since the nineties, but (save for Shanghai’s decadent 1930s) is relatively new to China. When this was written, Moonglow Burlesque was Beijing’s only burlesque [...]

January 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm 1 comment

Meng Jin Hui, Head of Vice Magazine Beijing

Meng Jin Hui, Head of Vice Magazine Beijing

Meng Jin Hui, head of Vice Beijing, sat down with us at his shiny new office to contextualize Beijing’s emerging youth culture. www.vice.com www.thecreatorsproject.cn  

December 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Black Eyeliner is Beijing’s premier dark music monthly and Alexander Chow is the elfin master of ceremonies behind the event. He’s also the creative director of Chinese Vogue. The concept materialized in 2011, over beers with cofounder/DJ, Benjamin Bacon and mutual friend, Philana Woo, who named the event. We sat down at Black Eyeliner’s new home, DaDa Bar, to talk with Alex and [...]

December 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm 0 comments