Changing China

Giant on the move

Roller disco lives on in China

January 26, 2010

I just discovered roller disco in China! The oh so 1980s disco craze is still rolling on in China due to a huge following from the country’s masses of migrant workers.

On a regular weeknight, the Xinxiang roller skating rink in one of Shanghai’s less fancy districts is teeming with crowds of young migrant workers, mostly in their 20s.

It’s quite a social scene here at Xinxiang and a great news story to tell – A forgotten disco craze revived by the nation’s low-wage earners in China’s self-professed trend capital.

These young migrant workers come here because it is probably one of the few discos in the country’s most expensive city that is affordable for them, and where they are able to blend in the crowd.

It’s thanks to the millions of these migrant workers that China has developed at such breakneck speed and now it’s thanks to them that the retro roller disco craze is still going strong in the world’s most populous nation.

So I say, way to go, roller disco!

Photo credits: Nir Elias

Video credits: Royston Chan

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