Best job in China? How about Nick the Enovate 2010 China Youth Tour Guy?

Culture | by Fred Shasta
Posted: July 29th, 2010 | Updated: July 29th, 2010 | Comments
enovate's china youth tour 2010 So the phrases "best job in China" and "best job in the world" have popped up a couple of times hereabouts in the last week.  Apparently, the demure Huang Pei Pei has it made in the shade (parasol in hand when it's sunny, no doubt) as caretaker of the Nanwan Lake Islands (and even if it's not the outright best job, it's at least front-runner for "most comfortable job in China," which counts for a lot). Meanwhile, Ctrip's Coley Dale has "the best job in the world" according to the hosts of US radio's "The Travel Planners." Why? Because he gets to travel around China, loves to travel around China, and his job is all about... traveling around China. (Full disclosure: Ctrip sponsors the China Travel Blog and we owe Coley $2, so impartiality in all relevant matters concerning either party cannot be guaranteed). BUT. How's this for a "best job in China" nominee: Nick over at Enovate, who is on the road for Enovate's 2010 China Youth Tour. His job in his own words:
This lucky enovater will be traveling the mainland for 3 – 4 months. The purpose? Offer a glimpse into the evolving nature of China's youth cultures. More specifically, I intend to track the growing subcultures of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tier cities. Tourist attractions will be forsaken in favor of coffee with creatives, bumping shoulders at markets, skateboarding with locals, campus visits, and evenings at music venues. It will be a full cultural immersion.
And here's a little sample of what that actually adds up to:
I’ve been on the road for a week, and what a week it’s been: playing fooseball with China's original punks, following a local graffiti crew as they tread along a foot-wide ledge to leave their mark on a bridge, a late night swim in the Yangtze river with a group of students, and ultimate frisbee with Changsha's team, City Storm.
If that sounds cool enough to qualify for "best job in China" to you, then keep up with Nick's adventures on the Enovate blog (where you'll also find tons of good ear-to-the-ground stuff on youth culture in China, Chinese media, fashion, music and more). We'll be following Nick's excellent adventures and wish him well. In the meantime, we'll be monitoring the question of "best job in China" from our Shanghai HQ. And if you have any nominees, let us know...
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