Sinologist Elsbeth van Paridon (University of Leiden, Netherlands) is a run-of-the-mill fashion|underground culture aficionada.
Moving from Beijing (2010-2016) to crawling and clawing her way through the throes and woes of the dragon that is the study of Journalism (2016-2018), and taking a New York detour (2018-2019), she (as of 2020) today once again saunters through the streets of China, from Shanghai to Da Jing. Back to the source.
‘Tis in such fashion that van Paridon has now turned her groupie-esque lust for China Fashion, Lifestyle and Underground into a full-time occupation as editor-in-chief of The China Temper — scroll down for more. Available in both English and 中文。
Van Paridon has reported on a variety of China Fashion&Urban Lifestyle related topics for several publications, including the likes of What’s On Weibo, SIX Magazine, Global Times, Global Health Magazine, The Beijinger, UK YAHOO! Style and China International Publishing Group.
In a bid to expand her professional portfolio and learn a thing or two from the big Mickeys in the game, Van Paridon contributes to a variety of China News buddies, including RADII China, SupChina, and (as their China Editor) to WeAR Magazine.
As of 2021, Van Paridon is additionally active at Beijing Review (the English print edition courtesy of China International Publishing Group; spotted the red thread yet?), as an editorial consultant — writing, column-izing, and editing, minor detail.
The quest for more off-the-grid intel never ends.
Print And Magazine
From Beijing to Shanghai and every corner of the mainland, China Fashion and Lifestyle is a phenomenon that deserves to be explored by the niches of global fashion, art, and socio-culturalism.
As to capture a real sense of this colorful and inspiring new Chinese landscape, van Paridon set up the (one-day-soon print and) digital publication The China Temper — her main squeeze. Temper looks into the art of clothing and how this reflects the blossoming of China’s contemporary society in revolutionary motion.
The Temper team now includes six contributors and two translators. Not to mention a host of insanely talented helping hands without whom this adventurous mega-endeavor of a lifetime would never be possible.
Ya gotta do something in life.
China’s Urban Underground
Paired with a deep devotion to China’s urban underground scene, van Paridon holds a particular interest in the topics of androgyny, the exploration of a new urban individuality, and the power that is the New Youth in contemporary China. She reports on trends in the respective fields in her personal project on the side called “China Under The Radar“.
“I do not fear the Dragon; I chase it.” Van Paridon