I’ve heard a lot of foreigners, especially people from the States, make fun of the kids who hang out in Hsimending and C.K.S. Memorial Hall, wearing their hip hop uniforms and practicing their moves. I’ve heard people say they have no idea what this American subculture is really all about, and are just cheap imitators.
I beg to disagree. I think these people have raised hip hop fashion and dance to the level of a high art. Their ability to create and maintain an image is FLAWLESS. I’ve found their dance moves to also be crisply executed and even beautiful. I think these kids quite rightfully take a lot of pride in their fashion and dance moves, and deserve a lot of respect for it.
I much prefer the Taiwanese hip hop culture to America’s! In America, it’s all tied up with politics and race and class and ideology and machismo. In Taiwan, it’s simply about the Japanese aesthetic ideal of creating an image or a sensation, and maintaining it flawlessly. It’s living art! Which would you rather YOU kids grew up with?