China On The Brink - music en Selling Out or Buying In? <pre></pre><p>China's urban scene today is a place where baggy jeans, sideways baseball caps and flashing neon lights increasingly advertise the word “hip-hop,” the popular American-born art that is slowly taking on a Chinese identity.</p> <p>“Hip-hop is life. I am hip-hop,” says Tan King, a Shanghainese MC and a pioneer in China’s growing hip-hop community.</p> <p>Forpeople like Tan, hip-hop is not merely a dance or a clothing style or even just a genre of music. It is a culture and a way of life.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> music youthculture China Chic Tue, 24 Jun 2008 01:28:59 -0600 L.A. Reno 348 at Beijing Bebop <p>The backing band is playing Herbie Hancock's &quot;Maiden Voyage,&quot; but it's clear this isn't the saxophonist's first time around the block. He takes the song's familiar form and makes it something all his own, like a cab driver who knows the destination but chooses to take the scenic route. </p> <p>I'm in the audience of Beijing's CD Jazz Cafe with no voice recorder, notepad or even a pen. Being a reporter, that's like leaving home with no clothes on. </p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing culture jazz music Tue, 17 Jun 2008 06:49:40 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 275 at Backstage at a Fujian Opera <pre><div id="player">Please download the latest Flash player to view slideshow.</div> <script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject('','mpl','600','400','8'); so.addParam('allowscriptaccess','always'); so.addParam('allowfullscreen','true'); so.addVariable('height','400'); so.addVariable('width','600'); so.addVariable('file',''); so.addVariable('image',''); so.addVariable('displayheight','400'); <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing culture music traditions China Chic Sun, 15 Jun 2008 17:42:16 -0600 Larissa Mueller 271 at Hip-Hop in Beijing <div class="slideshowpro" id="slideshowpro-1"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase=",0,0,0" width="640" height="465" id="ssp-player-1" align="middle"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" /> <param name="FlashVars" value="xmlfilepath=;true&#039;,galleryAppearance:Hidden,contentAlign=Left:,feedbackPreloaderAppearance:Line,transitionPause:2,transitionLength:1,permalinks:Off," /> <param name="movie" value="/sites/all/modules/slideshowpro/ssp.swf" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /> <embed FlashVars="xmlfilepath=;true&#039;,galleryAppearance:Hidden,contentAlign=Left:,feedbackPreloaderAppearance:Line,transitionPause:2,transitionLength:1,permalinks:Off," src="/sites/all/modules/slideshowpro/ssp.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#ffffff" allowFullScreen="true" width="640" height="465" name="ssp-player-1" align="middle" allowScriptAccess="sameDomain" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="" /> </object></div> Beijing music The New Citizen youth China Chic Tue, 10 Jun 2008 09:58:23 -0600 L.A. Reno 243 at The Sounds of Heaven <p>In a small corner of one of China's most famous Taoist temples, Meng Zhi Lin tunes up his <em>gu qin</em>, a seven-stringed Chinese instrument. <p>“The tone is very low, so I’ll close the window,” Meng says through our interpreter. </p> <p>The <em>gu qin</em> is not so much a musical instrument but a tool through which you practice and know the knowledge of heaven, he explains. </p> <p>Ten years ago Meng Zhi Lin turned his back on modern life and sought isolation in the mountains, abandoning everything except his <em>gu qin</em>. </p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing culture music religion Tue, 03 Jun 2008 00:45:31 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 158 at Hip-Hop in China? <p>Walking down a main street in Beijing, amid the pungent smells of stinky tofu and car exhaust, bicycles, scooters, and cars (so many cars), I saw exactly what I was looking for: a large sign that simply read “HIP HOP STORE.”</p> <p>I want to know why hip-hop came across the world to flourish in China’s cities. I want to know why Chinese people have embraced it.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing music China Chic Sat, 31 May 2008 23:08:31 -0600 L.A. Reno 115 at The Movement on Your Shoulders <p>I’m drinking a beer at a hip new bar downtown, live music flows from buildings up and down the street - a collage of sound set against neon lights on a windy cosmopolitan evening.</p> <p>I lose myself, thinking for a moment that it’s just another night in Austin until a curious voice snaps me back to reality. </p> <p>“Zhongwen?”</p> <p>I look up and see a young Chinese man I noticed earlier, one of a group trying to draw customers into the bar. He wants to know if I speak Chinese. </p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing music China Chic Sat, 31 May 2008 19:36:52 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 112 at