Punks, ballers, artists, and Mo Yan

11 May

This is a nice piece about two budding teen basketball giants, one from China, and one from India! It’d be easy to want to guess that this Chinese guy can be the next Yao Ming, but it’s premature and unfair to do that. Also, there’ve been other big Chinese ballers like Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian who’ve played in the NBA and had modest careers. Yao Ming was special and his solitary success among Chinese NBA players proves that size by itself is no guarantee. I wish this kid the best though he better bulk up, like his Indian counterpart.

Take a look and listen of the punk music scene in Beijing at the Guardian. A bunch of youngsters give some decent reasons why punk is so appealing, similar to other youths around the world living with a lot of stress, angst and rebellion. Beijing is one of the main music centers in China, and it’s encouraging to see different types of music sprouting there.

Moving from music to art, this article looks at how Chinese artists are trying to boost the visibility and creation of arts. There’s a big hunger for good art, no doubt, but modern Chinese art is still not very famous or popular. With time it’ll change and we’ll all know more modern Chinese painters, sculptors, dancers and so on.

One very famous Chinese artist who many of us do know, recently made a very reasonable personal appeal. Leave me alone, and just let me write, said Mo Yan. His views may disappoint some people, but he’s blunt and honest. He’s not pretending to be a savior of China, much less humanity, as he’s chosen to focus what he can influence, which is his writing.

 

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One Response to “Punks, ballers, artists, and Mo Yan”

  1. Mark Dreyer May 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Pretty sure there have only been five Chinese players in the NBA (Yao, Yi, Wang, Mengke Bateer and Sun Yue). Sun Yue is still one of the best players in China, but managed just SIX points in his entire NBA career. Pretty depressing really, but maybe this guy will be the sixth!

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