Chinese Rapper Kafe Hu Live in Chengdu

For those that know about my life in Chengdu, you will probably already know that Kafe is one of my best friends here. We met in 2005, the year that both of us first came to Chengdu. We performed together for years (him rapping, me DJing) which led to him writing his own songs, then producing his own songs, and then making his own albums basically by himself. It has been an amazing thing to witness. These photos are from the Chengdu stop of his nation-wide tour, for the release of his second full-length album.

Kafe at Space (3 of 11)

Kafe at Space (11 of 11)

Published on August 24, 2016

Photos from Shanghai

Some of the things I saw on my last trip to Shanghai. Some of my favorite places in the city are pictured here: Shelter, Arkham, the Himalaya theater and a warehouse party which my buddy Conrank played at.

Techno at Shelter

Himalaya Theater

Conrank at Shift

Arkham

Published on August 24, 2016

Photos from Tokyo

I went to Tokyo for a week earlier this summer, here a few photos from that trip with a link to the entire set below.

Tokyo 2016 (18 of 25)

Tokyo 2016 (14 of 25)

Tokyo 2016 (15 of 25)

Tokyo 2016 (2 of 25)

More Summer 2016 Photos from Tokyo
Published on August 23, 2016

Chengdu 2016 Graffiti Battle Photos

A few photos from a graffiti battle here in Chengdu, called Toyato. Hosted by Gas, Chengdu’s (and Western China’s) most prominent graffiti artist.

The graffiti scene in China has changed a lot in the time that I’ve been here. Mandarin-language graffiti is more common now and features of traditional Chinese culture (pagodas, calligraphy brushes, pandas, kung fu) are frequently featured, instead of just the international symbols, like boomboxes and train cars.

Toyato Graffiti Event (8 of 8)

Toyato Graffiti Event (7 of 8)

Toyato Graffiti Event (6 of 8)

 

Toyato Graffiti Event (4 of 8)

Toyato Graffiti Event (3 of 8)

Toyato Graffiti Event (3 of 8)

 

Published on August 23, 2016

Chinese Perspective on South China Sea

Yesterday The Hague released its ruling on China’s questionable claim to the South China Sea, and as expected, it was not in China’s favor. Also as expected this has resulted in shrill cries of victimization from China, depicting itself as the target of bullying by the United States and Japan.

Below an example – a comic which I came across today. The original version in Chinese is on the right and a version which I translated is on the left:

Chinese comic on South China Sea

The South China Sea debate is leading to a lot of expat discomfort, as China predictably pulls nationalist strings to promote the “East versus West” narrative. It is not good for anyone but on this particular issue, neither side can step down.

This is a good overview of the current situation: No Stepping Back by Wu’er Kaiti.

Published on July 13, 2016