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Does Chinese Internet Culture Exist?

This week I attended the inaugural “Chengdu Internet Culture Convention”.

Throughout my time there, meeting people and listening to speeches about the development of Chengdu’s IT infrastructure, I was plagued with a single thought: can Chinese internet culture exist?

In the TED clip above, a Chinese blogger goes into great detail about what the “Chinese internet” entails. Is the formula below accurate?

Chinese internet culture = block each and every international Web 2.0 service, and then clone it for a Chinese audience.

This is something that you will never hear inside China. It takes Chinese people traveling to far-away places like Edinburgh Scotland to make a case such as this, which undermines everything that the Chinese internet claims to be.

Published on July 31, 2012

One Night in Beijing

On Friday afternoon I flew to Beijing to give a presentation at a mobile developers conference at the Shangrila hotel about iOS (iPhone and iPad) app monetization. Why’d I speak there? Our company, Tap4Fun, is officially the highest grossing iOS developer in all of China so far this year. Because of this, a lot of attention is on our development process and business model. We’re conducting interviews on a nearly daily basis (today CCTV was in our office filming). Exciting times.

Here are some photos from my day in Beijing:

Feet in Taxi

Waited in line for 30+ minutes to get a taxi at Beijing International, the biggest airport in the world

Shangrila Hotel Beijing

Beijing Shangrila

The first thing I noticed inside the lobby of the Beijing Shangrila

Meeting with the designer of, a streaming music service that takes Pandora to the next level

Lecture Hall Namecard

Sitting at the front of the lecture hall

Lecture Hall in Beijing

The conference featured three lecture halls roughly of equal size, hosting thousands of attendees

Speaking in Beijing

Speaking on stage at the conference, Saturday July 7th

Beijing Airport

Walking through Beijing International Airport and the line to catch a taxi

Published on July 9, 2012

China Blogcast Interview About Music in China

Big Love Music FestivalEarlier this week I was contacted by China Blogcast, a new podcast which interviews prominent China bloggers about happenings in Mainland China. The event that led to the interview was the Big Love music festival post on Chengdu Living: Chengdu’s Big Love Music Festival Turns to Big Scorn.

In the podcast, I answer questions about the event, the music industry in China, and about performing in China as an American. Check it out right here: China Blogcast Episode 6: Big Love

Download Link

You can download the interview MP3 right here or subscribe to the China Blogcast on iTunes.

Published on July 5, 2012

Song of the Day #122: A Dedication

Washed Out – A Dedication

The last few weeks I’ve been re-adjusting to life overseas, and it’s been more fun than I had anticipated. The prospect of returning to my normal life after three incredible months of embracing the unknown was sobering in a way, but it wasn’t long before China reminded me of something important: you never know what’s going to happen.

Shorts and t-shirts in Chengdu. It’s summertime.

Published on June 12, 2012

The Chengdu Demonstration

I went to a demonstration this afternoon in Chengdu. Check out my photos at the post on Chengdu Living: Anti-Japan Demonstration Ignites Chengdu.

Here’s a photo from around 3pm:

me at Chengdu protest

Also, I finally got an iPhone today. Here are some of the first photos I’ve taken with it. I’m using Hipstamatic, it is awesome.

Dave DuByne



Published on October 17, 2010

Disco Death Dali & Starcraft 2

Yesterday I finished the flyer for Disco Death next weekend in Dali, Yunnan Province. We’re doing a show in Kunming (capital of Yunnan) and then taking a weekend trip to Dali to hang out for a few days with old friends we haven’t seen in a while. From what I hear, a lot has changed since the last time I was in Dali (February 2009, just before I went to Vietnam) and I’m looking forward to hanging out at Bad Monkey, renting motorcycles and driving around the lake again, and drinking smoothies in the China sub-tropic.

Disco Death Dali

Since Tuesday (the official release date), I’ve been playing Starcraft II like a fiend. I haven’t played games of any kind of months (Xbox 360 has been collecting dust for the better part of a year) but the online play is simultaneously exciting and frusterating. One thing they’ve done a great job of is matching up players of equal skill. Nearly every game is a struggle and often I lose to really creative and well-executed tactics. This game is like chess on crack – you mind and hands absolutely cannot stop moving for a moment throughout the entire game. I just got promoted to the platinum league as well (the highest of 5 levels of skill on I’m about to get my ass kicked.

Platinum league

Published on August 1, 2010

6 Weird Chinese Supermarket Snacks

Last night, while walking through the aisles at a local supermarket, it occurred to me that I should take a closer look at some of the weirds thing I’m surrounded with. I bought some snacks I ordinarily wouldn’t, brought them home, took photos, and ate them.

I was joined by my one-man Wolfpack, Coffee. Check out the post on Chengdu Living.

You’ll see there are some photos included, which I took by putting two table lamps together. How’s this for a ghetto photo rig:

Published on February 20, 2010

World Cyber Games 2009

Today is the first day of the World Cyber Games (WCG) 2009 World Finals. Oddly enough, the world finals land in Chengdu China this year! I’ll go and take photos.

Check it out on their website

Published on November 11, 2009