Monday, July 16, 2012

Chinese Chippendales

I can't believe that I forgot to post about this! This video was created by UK artist Erika Tan for the Sinopticon project. Erika also created an art installation at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery for part of this project.

Sinopticon - Contemporary chinoiserie in contemporary art and design.

More on Erika here:

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Friday, July 06, 2012

My Birthday Party

It's my party and I'll play Chinese Reggae if I want to!
You are cordially invited to join me on Friday 20th July for my Birthday party at Mango Landin' in Brixton.  My old friend Jak is coming down from Manchester with a case full of vintage 45s to make you move your dancing feet.  I'll be spinning a few platters myself alongside my brother DJ Geko.  As usual it's free all night.  Please note the dress code which is Sharp 60's or China Chic but preferably both!

New British Chinese Talent: Actor/Director Eldarin Yeong

Eldarin Yeong is currently taking the MA Text and Performance (directing) course at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and has directed the upcoming play The Ghost Sonata.

"An encounter between a poor student and a mysterious Old Man on a Sunday morning changes the fate of both forever. Encouraged by his adventurous nature, the young man decides to make his fortune by accepting the Old Man’s bargain, and gets himself invited into the admiring House of Colonel. It isn’t until he falls deeply in love with the Colonel’s daughter that he realises he has stepped into the House of Dead…"

For more info on Eldarin see:

The Ghost Sonata will be on at the Chelsea Theatre, King's Road 18th - 21st July.

I bumped in to Eldarin at the Chinese Visual Festival as she was leaving some flyers for the play.  Hopefully I might be able to catch up with her for series 7 of Lucky Cat (coming to a radio/computer near you from Moon Festival time, details soon).

China in Britain: Myths and Realities details for 18th July event

I will be giving a short talk and playing music at the third event in the University of Westminster/AHRC funded series China in Britain: Myths and Realities. This will be on Wednesday 18th July and the day will focus on Theatre/Performance and Music.

Time 9:45:AM – 5:30PM The Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

Entrance - including lunch and refreshments - is free of charge! Please book your place by emailing

The day will present an eclectic programme with presentations from actors and broadcasters and academics: Dongshin Chang (City University of New York), Diana Yeh (Birkbeck College and University of East London), Simon Sladen (University of Winchester) and Ashley Thorpe (University of Reading), comedienne, poet and political pundit, Anna Chen (aka Madame Miaow), David Yip (remembered by many for his role as Detective Sergeant John Ho in The Chinese Detective), actor David Lee-Jones, (currently the lead in Richard III - the first British Chinese actor to be cast as one of Shakespeare’s English Kings) and yours truly.

The University of Westminster's Old Cinema can make the proud claim of being the birthplace of British cinema. Here, in 1896, the Lumière brothers put on the first public show of moving pictures in this country. Now a space of fascinating historical interest, the Regent Street Old Cinema has retained its stage, decorative gilding, barrel vaulted ceiling and boasts a working 1936 Compton organ.

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