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Video: Eye-Popping American Street Dance Comes to China

Louisa Lim
This story originally appeared on Asia Blog partner site ChinaFile, a new online magazine from Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations.

In November 2011, Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, headed by Orville Schell, hosted the inaugural U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture in Beijing.

Schell's son, Ole, a filmmaker, tagged along with his video camera and captured the first trip abroad — and the first overseas performances — by Charles "Lil Buck" Riley.

Lil Buck is a street dancer from Memphis whose earlier collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, when captured on video by filmmaker Spike Jonze and posted to YouTube, drew more than 2 million views.

In the video above, Schell talks about the making of the film. His complete short film, Lil Buck Goes to China, appears below.

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