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“Diaosi”: Hip, Young and Wired

Diaosi, an online Chinese buzzword which can be loosely translated as “loser”, has been embraced by many young Internet users. At Civil China, Chris Marquis and Zoe Yang carried out a weibo content analysis, and...

Working Hard and Playing Hard in Fun City

A New York Times article and accompanying video look at the lives of Foxconn workers once their shifts end. Outside the gates of the Zhengzhou Foxconn campus, the atmosphere “resembles a gigantic street fair”: Here...

Underdogs Find Success in ‘Diaosi’ Identity

Originally an insult, the term diaosi (屌丝) has been appropriated by legions of tech-savvy Chinese youth to describe their experience living in a rapidly changing and often unjust society. After explaining the term’s...

Escaping the Rat Race: An Emerging Counter-Culture

While the rise of consumerism in China continues to attract attention, Monica Tan turns to the backlash against it. From Tea Leaf Nation: It’s happened all over the world, and it’s happening in China too. As the country’s middle...

Riding China’s Luxury Fashion Wave

Despite warnings against hyping gourmet foods and luxury clothing, western clothing brands are still looking towards China. Previously, luxury brands sought the young and affluent Chinese buyer, now high street fashion brands...

Diao Si: New Internet Buzzword for “Loser”

Want China Times briefs English-speakers on a self-deprecating Chinese buzzword making waves on the internet this year: The term “diao si” (屌絲) has been a buzzword among China’s internet community since the...

How Mao Became a Hipster Icon

While the fall of Bo Xilai and suppression of leftist revivalism shows a significant dip in Mao’s posthumous political standing, he remains, for some, a potent symbolic alternative to the country’s social and...

China’s Hip-Hop Underground

Matthew Niederhauser is a documentarian who works with an array of media. He has been closely following the culture of underground music in China for some time, and published the book Sound Kapital in 2009. Asia Society posted a...

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