Last Saturday, April 14, I took part in an exciting youth party held by www.neocha.com. I was so impressed to see so many young people, some were local while some were obviously from other countries, eg. America, Britain and Japan, Korea etc, and I even saw quite a few middle aged foreign visitors there!
I met with Jon Lombardo from the US, who is one of the Neocha founders, we talked about why and how he organised this activity in Shanghai, and what he was going to do for the next step. Jon told me that Neocha was a platform for young people who had the passion and ideas to create their own arts and hold events, to inspire creations among young people. That was why I saw so many young people, but quite a few of the young artists seemed to be from Japan or Korea. I think Japanese and Korean fashion and trend is still having an impact on Chinese young generations, which keeps getting stronger.
Through talking with him, I was a little bit depressed since he told me that he would remove the Neocha center to Beijing since he thought Beijing’s culture atmosphere was better than that of Shanghai. I couldn’t believe that Shanghai young people doesn’t have as many interests as Beijing young people on this kind of activity? And I did a small research on Google and Baidu, I inputed ‘Beijing (in Chinese) Neocha’ and ‘Shanghai (in Chinese) Neocha’ respectively into Google and Baidu, here’s the results for ‘Beijing( in Chinese) Neocha’ related websites:Google: 399 , Baidu: 56. Shanghai (in Chinese) Neocha’: Google: 627 Baidu: 177
Apparently Shanghai’s media or Shanghai people are paying more
attention to Neocha’s event than those in Beijing. In this case I am
wondering whether Jon would change his idea and to support and provide
more great service to Shanghai users of his website? Here are some Shanghai based posters about this Neocha event: IONLY
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