Category Archives: alternative

MIDI Shanghai 2011

Let me begin with the message championed by this year’s MIDI Music Festival. PROTECT MOON BEARS, BOYCOTT BEAR BILE! Moon bears are farmed in China so that their bile can be extracted for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These bears … Continue reading

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Youth Inc

I’ve been on their mailing list for quite some time now, and have met the folks from enovate a couple of times. So when I received an email from them saying they’d be hosting a youth connection event, which they … Continue reading

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Mail to future

Just a few minutes on foot from The Bund on Fuzhou Road is the Captain Youth Hostel. When we walked past it, we were enthralled by its walls of beautiful postcards which featured the artwork of Chinese artists and graphic … Continue reading

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Writing on the wall

Taking Pauline and Fauzie on a little art tour, we stopped to appreciate the colorful works of Shanghai’s graffiti artists along Moganshan Road. These are new contributions since my last walk there.

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Ankoku Geijutsu

Now this is a really weird way to start, definitely ironic, but my fresh obsession with Japan’s alternative (ankoku = dark) arts and their perpetrators, namely the Ankoku-butoh (Tatsumi Hijikata), Gekiga (Tatsumi Yoshihiro), and Mishima Yukio, began with the Hanami. Well, yes, the cheery … Continue reading

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