Filmmaker, Lester Jones, offers us a look into the fascinating region of Hong Kong, China. The ambitious creative offers up a series of interviews along with broll of the Eastern city that also never sleeps (forget New York). One of the most densely populated places in the world, Hong Kong is nothing short of a melting pot for artists, designers and brands alike. Peep the steez and understand why!
The recent postCommunist years of China’s growth have come at a hefty price, pollution. The BBC reports on how Beijing is currently suffering smog levels that are over 400 times the designated world limit. Unofficial tests record it at over 800! Aside from the obvious health risks and hospital visits this smog is causing, many Chinese are also just outraged at the way officials and agencies have handled the situation. Plus the growth numbers staggering. Beacause of the economic upturn, China consumes about half of the world’s coal and it’s automobile count is at 5 million, twice London’s! Makes one really reconsider the worth or meaning of “growth” it just puts such large populations at risk.
Deep in Mongolia lies the abandoned city of Ordos. Once the Chinese equivalent of Dubai, the former boomtown now sits mostly uninhabited and laden with tons of superfluous architecture. And guess what? A few skaters thought it’d be awesome to trek over and shred it. Here’s the result of their expedition.
Controversial Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, is the subject of Alison Klayman’s new documentary, Never Sorry. The film (actually a 2012 Sundance official selection) is set to hit theaters on July 27th and follows the escapades and tyrades of the activistmost of it denouncing Chinese political opression and ignorance. We dare you to peep the trailer and not be inspired.
The Guardian reports on how Chinese microbloggers area avoiding the long arm of the internetcensoring law by coding references to politics and government with pop culture. That’s right, web users are turning to Teletubbies and instant noodle names to make reference to government officials and politics in their posts:
Not a stranger to counterfeit goods, China is now becoming a haven for a new fake product, wine! Vintage varieties are being targeted because of the profit margin and because the drink is becoming a very popular mark of high social standing. The problem is so rampant that fake bottles can be found openly displayed everywhere from open markets to local stores. Read more about Beijing’s burgeoning bootleg wine scene here.
Reports say that a site full of bachelor policemen has become the most popular Weibo microblog in China. More than 2000 fans follow the online initiative started by Wuhou public security bureau in the province of Chengdu of Sichuan. The goal is to help single officers that work long hours that prevent a normal social life, find dates. Who wants a handsome, employed, guntoting Valentine?
Chicago Bulls AllStar point guard, Derrick Rose, is rumored to be preparing to sign a $250K USD contract with Adidas. The deal, being dubbed a “lifetime” one, will span 10 years. Sources say the plan is to give the Nike/Kobe deal some competition, especially in China and the rest of the Far East. If true, Rose will make it into the books as the current highest paid shoe endorser in all of the NBA!
Meet Ai Wei Wei, Chinese artist at large. The contemporary sculptor, architect and designer is currently at the forefront of cultural controversy with the Chinese government. You see, Wei Wei, no stranger to the art world, is also an advocate against government corruption. Equipped with his very own Twitter account and rebellious art, he has become the target of a countrywide crackdown on artists, lawyers and intellectuals alike. Sources report that his Beijing studio was actually ravaged by authorities in a recent tirade. It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of the artist who’s no stranger to the US and has even created work for New York City’s Central Park!
Enovate, a youthfocused insights and design company based in China, has created a crashcourse on what it means to be young in the country. The film is a response to Box1824’s video, We All Want To Be Young, with specific focus on Chinese youth culture, history and statistics. One of the more prevalent concepts revealed in the video is that China’s current generation of youth are mostly onechild policy derivatives, meaning that they grew up centered around the family and the primary focus of its values and wealthsomething rather unique for any child. It will be interesting how this focus and energy transpires within the coming years. China is certainly the country to watch, and its new generation, the generation to pitch to!