Chinese tradition was washed away with the cultural revolution
Not set in their ways and adapt easily to change
“ People like it. If I took those screens away, people would miss them. The Chinese are used to noise; everything is crowded here. If you make people choose between being bored or watching an LED screen, they’ll all choose the screen” Jason Jiang, founder, focus media, China’s first NASDQ listed media advertising agency
“ I have a friend who got a law degree from Beijing Univeristy, but she threw it away to sell Amway products – she wanted to do something with more freedom, earn her own living, work for herself. We are actually doing the same thing, she sells toothpaste, I sell adventure. But we both share a desire to support ourselves and do our own thing.” Zhen Yi, Forbidden Frontier, Founder.
Hip-hop dance replaced basketball; collectives; and club nights booming
Hip-hop with Chinese characteristics “ I know what hip-hop culture is, I’ve been following it since I was 14, I listen to the music, I study the dancing, but I draw the line at the drugs, the sex and the violence. That’s not Chinese hip-hop culture.” ‘ [Chinese rappers] have that hip-hop spirit: nothing gets in my way, nothing stops me from getting where I want to go.’ William Bahader, member of Dragon Dance Studio and two-time hip-hop dance champion
Collective individuality “ Hip-hop dance is done as teams, kids are in groups, supporting each other… it’s structurally very appealing and offers a safe outlet for youth expression.” Hung Huang, CEO of China Interactive Media Group
Unknown ‘ Making economic predictions based on the statistics is reasonably straightforward but as a global spiritual and ideological force, China is still an unknown quantity.’ Dr Kerry Brown, Chattham House, China Expert