An intimate look at young people in modern China Saturday, Jun 21 2008 

Numbers are almost always a central part of attempts to translate China into a nation that Americans can comprehend. The statistics, after all, are impressive and unignorable – it’s a nation of 1.3 billion people where the economy is growing at 9 percent a year, and where a new coal-burning power plant goes up every week. (more…)

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Hip-hop and tradition set the stage for a Moving time Friday, Jun 20 2008 

Last month, dialogue filled the Bangkok stage, as the number of theatre productions rose significantly. This month, dance has taken over. On the audience’s part, the loud applause and wild cheers remain the same.




Last week at Patravadi Theatre, the two-programme, four-day event “Hip Hop of the World” commenced with Cie Etha-Dam’s “Aduna, Land of Adventure”, shown on Wednesday and Thursday. With vibrant choreography and engaging soundscapes, seven skilful hip-hop dancers exceeded audience expectations of electrifying moves with a carefully crafted tale of a quest for a virgin and sacred land.

On Friday and Saturday, it was Asian hip-hop’s turn to rule the stage. In “Kham”, Laos-born, France-bred Ole Khamchanla started the night magically, guiding the audience through his life journey with a solo performance.

It was a tale of a search for identity amid the cultures of the West he has embraced and that of his country of origin, which is becoming increasingly foreign to him. Khamchanla came across as a true contemporary artist for seamlessly mixing hip-hop with traditional Laotian dance.

A sharp contrast was provided by the two subsequent pieces, “The Bench Story” and “The Spartan” by Thailand’s Free Soul, which came across as flashy, amateurish shows that were made more ridiculous by being overloaded with costumes involving leather vests and Roman armour.

Fortunately, “Ecoute”, a French-Thai production created as part of a workshop led by Kamchanla with Thai hip-hop dancers, did not share the same fate, as there was clever variety in the steps.

Finally, “Listen to Laos”, a production created in Laos and France by Vientiane’s Lao Bang Fai Company, really had the audience thrilled with its fine combination of hip-hop and Laotian arts that reflected contrasts between rural Laotian lifestyles and modern society’s ways.

At the Crescent Moon Space, B-Floor staged its debut of “Shatter Room No 0”. The characters in the play wanted to move on to a better place, like all of us do. They fought one another violently and strove to be different. Yet, they were still stuck in the same old room following the same routines.

“People do things to get something, but usually end up getting some other thing instead … That’s life,” remarked two characters.

Although this physical play may have been a bit too wordy, it carried the message – fittingly for our politics perhaps – that we have to learn to appreciate what we have even though it might not be what we really want. Acceptance, or tolerance in some cases, is the key.

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I’m a sexy little girl Friday, Jun 20 2008 

I’m a sexy little girl
CHINESE actress Kitty Zhang Yuqi is a woman of many faces.

You probably know her as the demure teacher in Stephen Chow’s alien film CJ7, or the sweet, cheongsam-clad waitress in the new Japanese film Shaolin Girl.

But Kitty can also be sexy – evident in earlier paparazzi photos of her appearing in a hotel swimming pool, clad in a cleavage-spilling red bikini.

After all, she was known as the Shandong Bo Ba, or busty lady from Shandong in China, when she was first picked from an audition for CJ7 two years ago.

STRAIGHT TALKER

And she admitted this in a phone interview with The New Paper, from Beijing: ‘I’m a sexy little girl… Sexiness is the highest compliment that you can give to a woman.’

Sexy, yes, but coy she isn’t.

Instead, she came across as frank, straightforward, and as one who doesn’t mince her words.

Her throaty laugh is endearing, and unlike most shy and reserved newbies, she had no qualms responding to sensitive questions, like a recent rumour about her and Hong Kong actor Stephen Fung.

Never mind that she didn’t leave any strong impression when she was here with Chow in February to promote CJ7.

Chow was the undisputed star and commanded all the media attention.

But Kitty has progressed since, scoring three more prominent projects after the phenomenal success of CJ7.

There’s Fung’s hip-hop dance flick Jump, Tsui Hark’s female-centric Women Aren’t Bad, and Shaolin Girl – her first foray into the Japanese market with Chow watching over her as the film’s executive producer.

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Original Run-D.M.C. Member to Perform at Hard Rock Cafe Monday, Jun 9 2008 

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Original Run-D.M.C. member Daryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels will perform at the Hard Rock Cafe Seoul on June 18. / Courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe

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