That Chinese Youth should be cultured is not new. Originating in the 80’s, the first Cultured Youth were hungry for Western culture and a broadened global perspective. Known then as Yishu Qingnian, they were scooping up underground knowledge through smuggled VHS and cassette tapes and in the process created the first homegrown subculture in modern China. Combining references from abroad and a keen desire to control their identity, they formed a small, but influential, clique that shaped China’s cultural landscape for years to come. They included artists such as writer Wang Xiaobo, poet Bei Dao, “Father of Rock” Cui Jan, and DJ Youdai. In the mid-90’s they were subsumed by a tidal wave of Chinese yuppies, the ‘Xiao Zi’.