When Fred de Vries, my mentor for the Chinese-Johannesburg journalism in-depth project, said “there is much more to Chinese art than the clichés, go beyond the clichés”, I got nervous. Was there more to Chinese art than Chinese fans, Chinese dragons, Chinese sculptures? Fred suggested I look into the “notorious” Chinese contemporary and visual artist Ai Weiwei and how the global community views him. “We … Continue reading Would the real DAleast please stand up
My initial excitement over the Chinese-Johannesburg in-depth project came to an end after I realised my initial feature idea would require six months to realise. I wanted to examine the culture of doing business within the Chinese-Johannesburg community and my multi-media would chronicle a Chinese owned tattoo parlour. This proved problematic on two fronts: there were no Chinese owned tattoo parlours in the greater Johannesburg … Continue reading The pitch and its ultimate disintegration!
When we were told our journalism in-depth project was on Chinese-Johannesburg, I was like this because I grew up obsessed with Chinese culture – and by culture I mean Chinese cinematography. My group’s topic is “culture and community” and I imagined I was ahead of the crew because I had seen “Once upon a time in China” a million times. The movie portrays the growing … Continue reading My China Obsession