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Jie-Song Zhang
Jie-Song Zhang was born in Beijing, China and raised in the U.S.

As a developer and director of international arts and cultural exchange projects, Jie-Song's work includes co-producing the Shanghai International Beatbox Competition (2012), a national Chinese Hip-Hop event that drew participants from across the provinces and featured performances by reknowned international artists. Previously, he was a conceptual designer and consultant for LagosPhoto (2010), the first international photography festival in the history of Nigeria, on behalf of the African Artists' Foundation (Lagos). In 2007, Jie-Song curated the Chinese contemporary art exhibition Red Blood of the Dragon's Psyche, featuring the work of 13 Chinese contemporary artists, and showing in New York and Europe. Jie-Song is currently developing a platform to connect communities of 40-50 countries across the world.

As a violinist/performer, Jie-Song placed second at Amateur Night at the
Apollo and followed up with a nationally televised performance on NBC for Showtime at the Apollo; he also represented American culture with performances at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

As a blogger and multi-media contributor, Jie-Song most recently covered China's underground Hip-Hop movement and Chinese urban culture for National

Entries by Jie-Song Zhang

Mark Zuckerberg: The Next Great Chinese Rapper?

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 4:24 PM

So, apparently Mark Zuckerberg can speak some Chinese. I first learned of this a few nights ago when, before I'd even had a chance to seek out evidence of Zuckerberg responding to questions in Mandarin, I found myself on social media flooded by wave after wave of brightly lit noise,...

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How Big of a Deal Are Donald Sterling's Comments, Really?

(11) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 8:36 PM


What makes something a "big deal"? It almost certainly has to do with how extraordinary it is, right? Something that is a big deal and deserves an uproarious reaction must be uncommon, must be exceptional, must be a phenomenon you don't encounter all the time. So,...

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Tiger Mom vs. Brooklyn Dragon 2: The Charming of Chua's Chihuahua

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:48 PM

About a month has passed since I openly challenged Amy Chua to an epic and maximally Chinese bare fist kung fu throwdown. At stake in this fight would not be a cash purse or bragging rights up and down the block, but rather, this debate of clasping and...

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Tiger Mom vs. Brooklyn Dragon: I Hereby Challenge Amy Chua to a Barefist Kung Fu Duel

(20) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Amy Chua, I offer these words as a declaration of kung fu challenge -- an invitation to engage in a stern dialogue of fists such that we can measure, publicly and for the world to know, who between the two of us has the bigger, longer Chinese-ness. I'm talkin' me...

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