For those of you too busy to check in on the RADII website every day, we’ve got you every Tuesday with a summary of all we got on China’s youth culture from the last week. In this edition:
- Chinese netizens have been obsessed with the children of celebrities long before the term ‘nepo baby’ was even coined.
- The Oh Collective in Shanghai is here to “close the pleasure gap” for its clientele in China and abroad.
- ‘Yao-Chinese Folktales,’ which has a whopping score of 9.6/10 on the Chinese user review platform Douban, puts a spin on the usual narrative about heroic figures, focusing instead on ‘villains’ or ‘monsters’.
- As the four-day workweek trend grows globally, the Chinese video-streaming company LeTV is the first to hop on the bandwagon in China.
Intrigued? Keep scrolling, my friend.
‘Nepotism babies’ or ‘nepo babies,’ namely the children of celebrities, have been the talk of the internet in recent months. The term was coined by Gen Zers to describe stars who got a head start in their careers as the result of having famous or affluent parents.
The phenomenon existed long before the term was invented. From Kendall Jenner to Brooklyn Beckham, nepo babies have long been criticized for gaining opportunities because of their family connections instead of their merit.
China too, has its fair share of high-profile nepo babies, or ‘second-generation rich kids (富二代).’ Here are six who frequently appear in the news, sometimes for the wrong reasons. Read here for the full list.
The Oh Collective, an all-female sex toy brand celebrating female pleasure and spreading sex education in China and abroad.
Despite the merciless heat wave that choked Shanghai last summer, Winxi Kan and Diana Lin were frequently on the move, jumping from one meeting to the next under the scorching sun. Sporting summer dresses and infectious smiles, the duo traveled with a rather unusual bundle: a bag full of vibrators, bottles of lubricant, and feminine undergarments.
Social media savvy and free-spirited, Kan, Lin, and their partners Eden Chiang and Simona Xu are the founders of The Oh Collective (TOC), a company devoted to encouraging and celebrating female pleasure.
Some might wonder, how is a sex collective even born? As it turns out, sometimes it happens in a corporate setting. The TOC team met while working for a big sportswear corporation in Shanghai.
As the iconic TV show Sex and the City has shown the world, when girlfriends meet up over dinner and drinks, the conversation often turns to what happens between the sheets.
“At the time we were all in relationships, and as often happens with sex, it becomes stale and you even stop talking about it,” recalls Xu. “So we thought it would be fun to give each other tasks every week, whether it was just for us, or for us and our partners.”
The punishment for not completing such tasks was to take a shot during the following ‘Hump Day Dinner.’ The reward for completing their tasks, on the other hand, was a visible improvement in their respective sex lives.
This lighthearted and spontaneous experiment sparked a thought: What if we could make this happen for other women?
A city of immigrants and a land of opportunity, but also a fast-paced metropolis powered by an extremely competitive working culture, Shenzhen has developed an ecosystem of underground electronic clubs that’s second to none in China.
On the neon-lit dance floors of Shenzhen’s legendary Oil Club, local youth gather to break free from the pressures and conventions of daily life, expressing themselves creatively in bass-heavy ethereal utopia that only exists from dusk to dawn.
In this episode we feature the masterminds behind Oil Club, as well as a roster of local DJs and producers, to unpack the relationship between the lifestyle of youths hustling in China’s biggest tech hub and the underground culture that’s blossoming within it.
- Hotel quarantine meals in China are not particularly appetizing, but the following foodies prove that presentation can make a huge difference.
- Spearheaded by vegan influencer Vivian Chang, Shanghai-based brand Miss Green is offering China’s growing population of vegans a wealth of options this Spring Festival.
- A new Chinese animated series, Yao-Chinese Folktales or Zhongguo Qitan, has gone viral in China. The eight-episode program is comprised of eight separate stories that are rooted in traditional Chinese culture and ancient folklore.
- “Michelle Yeoh has proven that she is more than an action star,” gushed a netizen after the Chinese-Malaysian actress’s first Golden Globe Awards win.