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China may have 5,000 years of history, but now it has to compete for clicks and eyeballs with short videos on Douyin. From martial arts to Confucian classics to architecture, find out how businesses focused on Chinese traditional culture marketing themselves for young consumers in the modern day. Featuring AJ Donelly : Co-founder of Cultural Keys C…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_776_Teresa_Silva_and_Holly_Cahill.mp3 download This week we check in on Tiger Strikes Asteroid with curators Teresa Silva and Holly Cahill. we examine collective art action, the network, Mana contemporary art space, and the half 46 person group show “It Feels Like The First Time.” https://…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_775_Seitu_Hayden.mp3 download Seitu Hayden. Chicago illustrator extraordinaire and long time indie comic supporter. We talk about his 50 years in the independent publishing spaces, black comics, and some of the bright lights that made the scene happen. Hayden’s works were included in the M…
 
Though streaming is on the rise, film festivals are still an important channel for creators to showcase their work. If you’re an indie filmmaker in China, the Xining FIRST Youth Film Exhibition has become the place to see and be seen. Started in 2006, it is now known as the “Sundance of China,” and it is where directors like Wen Muye, director of 2…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_774_Chris_Ware_and_Tim_Samuelson.mp3 download …meanwhile, in the least mysterious city on the planet (apparently Chicago), Duncan and Ryan panel with the overmodest Artist/Cartoonist Chris Ware and Chicago’s cultural historian emeritus Tim Samuelson about the storied origins of the Chicago…
 
A bonus episode where we will delve into the making of the movie Leap, which came out in September 2020 on the Chinese national women’s volleyball team. Director Peter Ho-Sun Chan and Academy governor-at-large Janet Yang, an award-winning producer, will talk about the incredible journey of the team, the evolution of China over the past few decades,…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_773_Jessica_Campbell.mp3 download This week we are joined by the great cartoonist and brilliant artist Jessica Campbell. Campbell’s cartoons and relief sculptures are on view at Chicago’s MCA as part of Comics in Chicago: 1960s to Now. She also has an upcoming exhibition at Western Exhibit…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_772_Diana_Guerrero_Macia.mp3 download This week Bad @ Sports Center is winnowed down to skeleton crew, with Ryan Peter Miller chewing the fat with the ever vital Diana Guerrero-Maciá. Fresh from receiving a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts, Guerrero-Maciá discusses her studio …
 
The Communist Party of China celebrating its 100th year anniversary this year, driving up tourism to revolutionary sites around the country. The “red tourism” sector has seen significant growth from 140 million visit in 2004 to 1.15 billion in 2019, and now the “Gen Z” is following the trend. How do red tourism sites stay relevant for a new generat…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_771_Kayvon_Tehranian_and_Lindsay_Howard_at_Foundation.mp3 download This week Bad at Sports attempts to get to the bottom of whether foundation.app is a marketplace, a platform, or a cultural hall. Dana Bassett and Duncan MacKenzie are joined by Kayvon Tehranian, CEO and Lindsay Howard, Hea…
 
With a market that will quadruple between 2013 and 2025, China’s animation industry is getting more and more assertive with success stories like Ne Zha (2019), currently the third highest-grossing films in Chinese box office. But what challenges do Chinese animators, producers, and storytellers still face? And how can animated Chinese stories find …
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_770_Tom_Burtonwood_and_Holly_Holmes_Terrain_2021.mp3 download In what feels like a throwback episode Ryan and Duncan record IRL with Holly Holmes and Tom Burtonwood. We explore the legacy of Sabina Ott, the future for the Terrain Biennial and its 2021 iteration, then we talk through what i…
 
In February 2021 China’s cinemas sold more ticket than the USA—a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, but also of a population more and more eager to see quality movies on the big screen. Yet for every movie that comes to the silver screen, several others are released over the internet at the same time. Called e-movies, or wǎngdà (网大), they became a ma…
 
Not far from the Forbidden City lies Temple Dongjingyuan (Temple 东景缘), formerly knowed as the Zhizhu Temple. It was founded at the beginning of the 15th century, and the current buildings date from 1700. Centuries after it was founded, and decades after it was decommissioned for religious services in the 1950s, the place is miraculously still stand…
 
If you are on this side of the Great Wall, you might have seen their shops and vending machines in malls: Pop Mart. This public company worth 11 billion USD sells “mystery” toy boxes containing a single cute figurine from a potential set of several characters. Buyers do not know which figurine they have bought until they open the box. The company i…
 
Middle Earth is now joining The World of Chinese magazine podcast network. The World of Chinese (TWOC) is a bi-monthly English magazine and website dedicated to Chinese society, language, and culture. Every two months, both in print and online, the team at TWOC takes a contemporary issue in Chinese society and culture and looks behind the headlines…
 
Joining Aladin Farré on this episode of Middle Earth are Miro Li (founder of Double V. Consulting and CHINAble Academy) and Rose Zhu (Xiaohongshu lifestyle influencer). The three discuss the ecommerce/short-video app Xiaohongshu, what distinguishes this app from its competitor Douyin, how the nature of short videos has changed as a result of the pa…
 
Last year, as COVID-19 cases spiked around the world, many thought cinemas would die. China’s box office sales from the past few months tell a different story. The country’s film market broke several world records in 2021, selling roughly $1.2 billion in tickets. Although theaters in the U.S., which are the primary competitors of theaters in China,…
 
A few years ago, the stand-up comedy scene in China was largely considered to be alternative culture, with few venues for comedians and patrons. This stands in stark contrast to today, with over 100 comedy clubs nationwide, even outside of major cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Format shows like Roast! (tùcáo dàhuì 吐槽大会) have pushed stand-up into …
 
China’s cultural industry is not often the topic of a book. However, the newly released Red Creative: Culture and Modernity in China tackles questions about how the government sees its cultural industry and how the domestic cultural industry has evolved over time. The book’s authors, Dr. Justin O’Connor and Dr. Xin Gu, joined Aladin Farré to discus…
 
Aladin speaks with Zhāng Shìwén 张释文, the head of entertainment and a partner at the law firm Huiye in Shanghai, to talk about her latest book, Guidance and Compliance: The Way to China’s Entertainment Market. They delve into her research on intellectual property protection in China’s film, music, and television industries, and they also discuss a f…
 
Lured by a potentially large and lucrative market, major theater productions are increasingly making the jump from the bright lights of Broadway or the West End to the less familiar but no less lively avenues by the Bund or the Second Ring Road. Yet, according to Gaultier Létourneau-Ross, director of operations at a Canadian company that assists fo…
 
Children’s entertainment is a growing industry in China, with many opportunities for flexible and innovative creators to produce marketable content. Prospects are particularly bright for those working at the intersection of children’s entertainment and education, which has long been an important source of revenue in a country where 93 percent of fa…
 
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