James MillerJuly 16, 2013 05:03
BOSTON — Chinese punk rock is a lot like Chinese street food — rough, honest, loud and maybe even less healthy. Cui Jian, the godfather of Chinese punk rock, taught a generation how to rebel through music in Beijing during the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests. In the 1990s punk culture escaped from the Forbidden city and spread across the Middle Kingdom, taking the youth prisoner. With consumerism on the rise, some young Chinese — without even a hint of irony — look to punk to help them survive in a turbulent sea of change.