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W+K Luan Dun June 2012

  1. 1. 2012.6
  2. 2. HELLO SUMMERJune is the month that marks the beginning of summer herein China, where more flowers have been blooming, more sunshining and more stories unfolding.Collected in this issue is the latest in social happenings,online meme and pop culture which includes music, movies,TV, as well as online games.This month’s design is inspired by the season itself. Ricky Li,our feature designer, explains that summer is made up ofliving particles of all shapes, colors and sizes therefor he hassprinkled the entire issue with colorful patterns as a tributeto the season.
  5. 5. INJECTEDFOR SUCCESS June is the month of the Gao Kao (national college entrance examination), one of the most strenuous time for Chinese youth. This year’s Gao Kao goes to the extreme in a middle school in Hubei province, where high school seniors inject themselves with amino acid through an IV drip bag to boost energy and mental concentration. There’s more. To avoid wasting time travelling from the classroom to the clinic, the school has arranged students to receive the injections right in the classroom as they study their way into the night.Photos from Southern Metropolitan Daily CHINA SNAP SHOT
  6. 6. GODELAYERS! A cheerleading squad was spotted cheering in front of 5,000 passengers in the Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport. This was an attempt to appease the 5,000 passengers who were delayed due to thick fog. According to the airport, this is their way to showcase human-centered customer service, one of airport’s core value.Photos from Netease CHINA SNAP SHOT
  7. 7. BEATINGTHE RUSH HOURNew businesses across China have begun introducinga service where they offer substitute drivers duringtraffic jams for just 400RMB. (1USD = 6.3RMB)The company will dispatch 2 drivers to you once youcall for their service. One will drive you with to yourdestination with an electric bicycle, while the otherdriver replaces you and eventually drives your car toyour designated location.Companies will prepare contract beforehand toguarantee the competence and liability of the drivers.Great business idea to solve everyday problems. CHINA SNAP SHOT
  8. 8. Photo from Want China TimesREACHING Zhang Wuyi has always wanted to build something. After losing his job at a textile factory in 2008, Zhang, with only a high school education rented an abandonedNEW DEPTHS plant to begin research on building a submarine. In order to fund his invention, he sold all of his family property and borrowed large sums of money from family and friends. Finally in May 2012, Zhang successfully tested his submarine in a press conference that attracted not just local media but also international media including Al Jazeera and Elle Men. Having spent over 3million RMB (480,000USD), and failed numerous times, his submarines are now on sale and he has already acquired orders from 3 customers. CHINA SNAP SHOT
  9. 9. EXPO OF LOVE More than 20,000 lonely hearts attended the matchmaking event at Shanghai’s Expo Park this May. Attendees were encouraged to wear masquerade masks at the beginning of the event, which can be removed later when the dating session begins. Walls were plastered full of singleton’s profiles which include name, age, education, profession, monthly salary as well as number of cars, apartments, etc. The standards people require of a partner have changed with modern dating. The importance placed on material factors is increasing more than ever. This quote basically sums up the single scene of China: “In Chinese society, women prefer to marry men who are older, wealthier and more capable; men prefer the opposite,” says Zhai. “So in cities, those left behind are seen as the ‘best women and worst men’ [highflying women; underachieving men].” CHINA SNAP SHOT
  11. 11. DIAOSI Diaosi men have now come to everyone’s attention thanks to a chatroom that gave birth to the term. Diaosi is used to describe young men from humble屌絲 origins who have worked hard to earn their university degrees but have hard times finding well-paying jobs. Diaosi can also be used to describe young men from the lower status of society who have not received much schooling. In other words, the word describes men who are ‘poor, short, and ugly’. Diaosi with university degrees feel angry because their efforts have not given them an advantage in the job market. Diaosi who did not attend good schools or dropped out of school to work usually have an even harder time. Chinese netizens have also added a humorous layer to the term to make fun of men who are inferior in terms of looks, education and financial status, yet dreams big of living the successful life that comes with a trophy girlfriend or wife, which in reality is almost impossible for them. Despite the condescending definition, humble men across China identify themselves with the term, accepting their ‘fate’. As it turns out, Diaosi online groups being to grow with more and more members by the day. “I don’t feel alone anymore, I am so glad I can share my frustration with others who look and feel the same way as I do.” – Anonymous DiaosiThe opposite of a Diaosi is a“tall, handsome and rich” man. NE W TERM S OF THE MONTH
  12. 12. GOD FATHER干爹When a young and attractive woman claims an olderman her god father, she actually means Sugar Daddy.‘God Fathers’ are usually older, wealthier, and oftenmarried and look for young model-looking girls to behis mistress. And vice versa.Mistresses can go as young as college girls, and theycome with a price also dubbed as ‘monthly allowance’.God fathers also tend to shower their god daughterswith gifts. Many a times, these god daughters will sharewhat they have received on their weibo account, whichoften causes controversy over the internet, especiallyif the said ‘god father’ is a member of the CommunistParty. NE W TERM S OF THE MONTH
  14. 14. TV SERIESLEGENDOF ZHENHUANLegend of Zhenhuan is a 76-episode drama seriesadapted from a novel of the same name. The series isset in the Imperial Palace during Qing Dynasty (1544-1911), with a plot centering around schemes betweenEmperor Yongzheng’s concubines.The series begin with a 17-year-old Zhen Huan whohad been selected as the Emperor’s new concubine,however, soon after she enters the palace, she findsherself caught in the fierce conflicts and competitionbetween the empress and the concubines. But withher wit and talent and strong survival skills, Zhen fightsher way through and wins the emperor’s affection,ultimately becoming the most powerful concubine inthe Imperial Palace and ascending to unparalleled gloryand wealth.Legend of Zhen Huan has been praised as one of thebest historical dramas in China in recent years. Throughthe series, audiences can also learn about ancientChinese poetry, fashion and wardrobe of the era, courtetiquettes, and herbal medicine. POP CHINA
  15. 15. TV SERIESXIN SHU(ANGEL HEART)Xin Shu is a modern day soap that explores theinteractions between doctors and patients in China.In the past 10 years, doctors have been suffering frompublic and media attacks due to unethical scandals, notbeing able to save lives, etc. However, Xin Shu providesan objective perspective on doctors, telling a storywithout bending to populist views.Xin Shu follows the daily lives of doctors, fromresidents to fellows, as well as attending physiciansat a prestigious hospital in southern China. The showfocuses on the challenges faced within China’s medicalprofession, even including doctor’s own personal safety.Life as a doctor in China is increasingly a high-riskprofession, as disgruntled patients resort to physicallyattacking doctors as a way to show anger towards theirfailure. To improve physician safety, the government hasordered all large hospitals and medical institutions toopen police stations on their premises.However, netizens have been quick to point out thatthe hospital in the show is much fancier than theirreal-life equivalents, and hardly representative ofreality. Beijing Youth Daily’s online entertainment sitemocked the show, and quoted a viewer: “I watchedtwo episodes of Xinshu and feel it’s just a bunchof handsome doctors and pretty nurses in hospitalwhites.” POP CHINA
  16. 16. MOVIEGuns N’ RosesSet in the 1930 in Manchuria, north-east region ofChina, the movie tells a story of a group of youngChinese men planning to raid a bank during theJapanese occupation in China.The director, Ning Hao, says it’s a coming-of-age filmwith adventures in a chaotic era.The film’s lineup of professionals include Let the BulletsFly cinematographer Zhao Fei and Korean actiondirector Yang Kil-young (Old Boy, Monga).You may wonder why a Chinese movie would benamed after a Western rock band, but Ning Hao saysit is to pay tribute to a kind of idealism that the bandrepresents. POP CHINA
  17. 17. MOVIEFULL CIRCLEFull Circle tells the story of a group of elderly people ata nursing home, dealing with generational gap as well asaging issues.In the nursing home, the residents have beenabandoned by their children for various reasons andnone view it as their real home and none are able toleave. One resident named Old Ge becomes the leaderof the group that rehearses their own show in order toescape from the nursing home and get on TV to find hisdaughter.Director Zhang begins the film with tense conflicts anddespair, then injects it with optimism and hilarious plots.During Old Ge’s adventure, tough family relationshipissues are resolved, wishes are fulfilled, and there isforgiveness across the generations. If you’re up for afeel good movie, this is the one to watch. POP CHINA
  18. 18. MOVIEWARRIORS OFTHE RAINBOW:SEEDIQ BALEThe film depicts Taiwan’s half-century of Japanesecolonial rule from the point of view of a fierce tribeof indigenous headhunters known as the Seediq. TheSeediqs were forced to deny their own culture and giveup their faith, causing an uproar of rebellion.The film has already broken record as the mostexpensive Taiwanese film ever made. It has been cutto 152 minutes from 4 and a half hours when it wasreleased in mainland China but the box office remainsdull possibly due to the lack of familiarity with thisforeign tribe and it’s aboriginal culture. POP CHINA
  19. 19. DOCUMENTARY A TV program titled A Bite of China hit CCTV last week creating a huge discussion amongst Chinese audiences.A BITE The production team traveled to various places in China to present audiences with the stories behind food and the culture it contains.OF CHINA The first part of the program examines specific tastes while the second part studies the changes and development food influenced by China’s social economy. Liu Wen, director of CCTV-9, said the point of the program is to let foreigners admire Chinese food and learn about cultural traditions and social changes. POP CHINA
  20. 20. MUSICLOVE IN THEBUFF OSTIn Love in the Buff, the highly anticipated sequel to theacclaimed romantic comedy Love in a Puff (2010),director Pang Ho Cheung continues the love storybetween Hong Kongers Jimmy (Shawn Yue) and Cherie(Miriam Yeung) as they try to rekindle their romance inBeijing.The original soundtrack album composed by Alan Wongand Janet Yung has gained a much better score fromaudience than the movie. A couple of songs courtesyare from Canada-based Mainland singer-songwriter QuWanting.One of the theme songs is the touching English balladDrenched, which became entirely popular soon afterthe movie was released. POP CHINA
  21. 21. MUSICOMNIPOTENTYOUTH SOCIETYFounded in the 90s, the band from Hebei changed itsEnglish name from “The Nico” to “Omnipotent YouthSociety” in 2002 but still weren’t recognized until 2007.Inspired by American rock band Blind Melon, theirstyle is melancholic and infused with Chinese elementswhile lyrics are written poetically. They have also addedinstruments such as violins, trumpets and harmonicasinto their composition. Their most famous singlesinclude ‘Qinghuangdao’ and ‘Kill That Man FromShijiazhuang’.This year, the band will begin a China tour in July withTaiwanese post-rock band Sugar Plum Ferry in Beijing,Shanghai, Wuhan and Guangzhou. POP CHINA
  22. 22. GAMESEERSeer is a virtual game world created for 7-14 year olds.The game has picked up it’s popularity soon after itsrelease early this year. In the web game players arerequired to explore the universe and search for newenergy.Taomee, the game company, considers the game ashealthy, interesting, adventurous and smart, but parentsand school teachers have been concerned that it istaking away too much time from their children.Taomee’s other popular webgame Mole’s World and Seerare both successful as brands for offline businesses.Their miniature toys as well as it’s own cartoon showhave become particularly popular amongst primaryschool kids in China. POP CHINA
  23. 23. INTERNETDOUBANREADOn May 7th, Douban became the newest Chinese webcompany to launch a retail platform for ebooks. Aftermore than a year of programming, the Douban Readplatform is now live, selling both full-length ebooks andshorter ‘works’. Most of the ‘works’ are priced at 1.99RMB (30 cents), though longer works sell for as muchas 8 RMB. Books, by contrast, are priced at 9 or 10RMB ($1,5 USD). Prices are set by Douban, and authorsreceive 65-70% of net revenue.The store provides content in four formats. Three aremeant for online viewing using Douban’s reading app:on a web browser, on iOS devices, and on Android. Thefourth, the only downloadable format, is a mobi file foruse on the Kindle line. Douban has noted in the pressthat the iPad version of its reading app is currentlymost popular with readers.Douban audience seem to have a distinct ‘personality’:young, hip, perhaps a touch elitist. This is also visiblein the other content providers Douban has partneredwith, including Zhang Yueran’s youth literature magazineLi, and the experimental fiction website Heilan. POP CHINA
  24. 24. 2012.6AUTHOR:Charinee Chairasmisak / Leon Lin / Sue WuDESIGNER:Ricky Li