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Your source of insight into China's culture industry: Hear from people creating and producing content in the world's second biggest cultural market. Hosted by Aladin Farré, and presented by The World of Chinese magazine.

Middle Earth - China’s cultural industry podcast The World of Chinese

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

Your source of insight into China's culture industry: Hear from people creating and producing content in the world's second biggest cultural market. Hosted by Aladin Farré, and presented by The World of Chinese magazine.

    #79 Exploring Wuxia (think "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")

    #79 Exploring Wuxia (think "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")

    Wuxia, martial arts stories about heroes and outlaws, used to be one of the most popular genres of literature in the Chinese-speaking world. After countless novels, films and video games, how are the people creating China’s “knight errant” stories modernizing the genre? 
    Featuring
    - Gigi Chang: wuxia translator
    - Lai Jingping: Wuxiaworld founder and CEO
    - Felix Lou: former vice-managing director of Xiangshan Film Studio & Skywood Founder

    To go further
    - Wuxia novels published on TWOC:  Restaurant of The Thousand Arms, Martial Tea and Night Moves, by author Hu Yuesheng (胡月生).

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions and hosted by Aladin Farré. If you have a China-themed cultural project like shooting your next documentary or look for a specific talent, please get in touch! 
    With thanks to Wen Jiayin for production assistance and Sean Calvo for music support. 

    • 39 min
    #78 Revving Up China’s New Biker Culture

    #78 Revving Up China’s New Biker Culture

    After being ostracized for years, motorbike culture is slowly building momentum among Chinese youths. Between 2016 and 2019, the number of bike sales doubled, and since the pandemic especially, a lot of entrepreneurs are jumping on new business opportunities provided by people craving the open road.

    Featuring
    Steven Tsui :  BG Performance - CEO
    Zhang Shuren : Pansaki North Station - Founder
    Li Huaqi : Student & Entrepreneur

    Middle Earth is distributed by The World of Chinese (www.theworldofchinese.com). 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 to share how it affects people on the ground.

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions and hosted by Aladin Farré. If you have a China-themed cultural project like shooting your next documentary or look for a specific talent, please get in touch!

    With thanks to Wen Jiayin for production assistance, Sean Calvo for music support and Forrest Speyer for the translation.
    The World of Chinese Magazine A magazine about Chinese society, culture, history, arts, language, and more.

    • 39 min
    #77 Big in China: Bringing Foreign Creators Onto Chinese Platforms

    #77 Big in China: Bringing Foreign Creators Onto Chinese Platforms

    With over 1 billion internet users, China’s online video and music platforms are the place to be for every creator trying to grow their audience. What does it take for international talent to make it in this cutthroat market? 
    Featuring
    Tinko Georgiev: Kanjian - VP of Int'l Business
    Raffi Kamalian: Collab Asia - Head of Greater China

    Middle Earth is distributed by The World of Chinese (www.theworldofchinese.com). 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 to share how it affects people on the ground. 
    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions and hosted by Aladin Farré. If you have a China-themed cultural project like shooting your next documentary or look for a specific talent, please get in touch! 
    With thanks to Sean Calvo for music support. 
    The World of Chinese Magazine A magazine about Chinese society, culture, history, arts, language, and more.

    • 38 min
    #76 Antiques: China first cultural industry

    #76 Antiques: China first cultural industry

    Thanks to its rich history, China’s has plenty of artifacts that are being sold and exposed in museums. And there is a market for it, a huge one, where some pieces can be sold for several thousand yuan. How did that market evolve, and what are the dark corners of this industry? 
    Featuring
    Isaac Duffy : Collector
    Sun Jiahui : Freelance writer
    Zhang Bo : Architect & Collector

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions and hosted by Aladin Farré. If you have a China-themed cultural project like shooting your next documentary or look for a specific talent, please get in touch! 
    With thanks to Wen Jiayin for production assistance, Stephan Lambadaris for the voice-over & Sean Calvo for music support.
    The World of Chinese Magazine A magazine about Chinese society, culture, history, arts, language, and more.

    • 38 min
    #75 Chinese Rap: From Underground to Mainstream

    #75 Chinese Rap: From Underground to Mainstream

    After being underground for decades, the Chinese rap scene got a sudden boost in 2017 thanks to the reality show The Rap of China on the online streaming platform IQiyi. How has the scene evolved since then, and what lies ahead?  
    Featuring
    Dojo Shaolin: Producer & Dj
    JFever :  Hip pop artist
    Stanley Yang : Zhong TV – Founder

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions and hosted by Aladin Farré. If you have a China-themed cultural project like shooting your next documentary or look for a specific talent, please get in touch! 
    With thanks to Sean Calvo for music support. 
    The World of Chinese Magazine A magazine about Chinese society, culture, history, arts, language, and more.

    • 40 min
    #74 Chinese TV Series : How to make them better?

    #74 Chinese TV Series : How to make them better?

    C-Dramas have certainly changed over the years as the competitions grew fierce for eyeballs. Why did such changes happen, and what's the future for Chinese TV series industry? 
    Featuring 
    Sara Huang : Scriptwriter 
    Jia Liu : TV Producer 
    Middle Earth is distributed by The World of Chinese (www.theworldofchinese.com). 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 to share how it affects people on the ground.  
    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions and hosted by Aladin Farré. If you have a China-themed cultural project like shooting your next documentary or look for a specific talent, please get in touch! 
    With thanks to Sean Calvo for music support. 

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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👍🏻 Diversified perspectives!

Always good to find such a pod with interesting topics and diversified voices. Thank you for putting all these perspectives together!

Ssttoo ,

Not enough episodes!

A nice and condensed show, just wish there would be more episodes per month !

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