It has been well documented that Kobe is a big deal in China (among other places) so it comes as no surprise that Nike would include his signature shoe in their “Year of the Dragon” collection. Tomorrow these shoes are to drop in China but contrary to rumor they will not release in the United States until March 31st (some sources say there will be no U.S. release). It makes sense for there to be a Chinese themed shoe for Kobe but the real question is are the shoe heads interested in the shoe because of it’s cultural context or because of it’s limited edition mystique? Is it cultural exposure or exploitation? More pics after the jump.
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Here is a recording of our panel we put on with the good folks at Cashmere Agency down at SXSW today. It featured Karen Civil, Elliott Wilson, Nick Adler, Devi Dev and Justin Siegel, all discussing the multicultural future of social media. We had a great turnout and look forward to taking part in more things like this.
A quick profile on Balinese surfer Garut Widiarta. Widiarta has been receiving the most high profile attention in the Indonesian and other international media in regards to surfing.
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This happened back in January but it doesn’t hurt to keep spreading the word to those who had no idea. Check out the video with Clinton naming him Cultural Ambassador of the United States. Last month he was in Brazil to talk to underprivileged youth about “the importance of education, racial tolerance, and sports as a tool for empowerment.” [Source]
No not in a weird way…E-40 has been an ambassador of Bay Area music for well over 20 years but his unique charisma and original lingo has made him a staple in hip-hop period. These qualities and never ending volumes of slang has helped him transcend cultural boundaries everywhere, including the asian culture. We’ve seen the YouTube clips of Asian E-40 so we know they are fans…in some of E-40’s new online promo videos we see him getting down with an Asian-American fan. Check it out, another video after the jump.
There has been plenty of debate, talk and emotion expressed over the last 24 hours in regards to this topic. What are your thoughts on this?
On the newest episode of HighSnobiety TV the Toronto duo The Airplane Boys are featured. The video piece shows the two childhood friends and how their upbringing in Canada has raised them and influenced their music. Toronto’s melting pot of cultures seems to be breeding artists that are creating sounds that blend various musical genres, it’s pretty interesting to see. This is a dope piece so make sure to check it out. Don’t forget that The Airplane Boys will be performing at The Vibe House at SXSW that we’ll be covering.