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Elsbeth van Paridon

China Temper Founder and Editor-in-Chief Elsbeth van Paridon holds a degree in Sinology from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and additionally is just another run-of-the-mill fashion aficionada. After tackling Beijing for some six years where she worked for China International Publishing Group, she spent a moment in time moseying down steep alleyways and writing about their fashionable and underground features in Hong Kong. Van Paridon recently managed to claw her way through a Europe-based academic endeavor called "Journalism". 'Tis in such fashion that she now once more saunters through the streets of Beijing, her lust for China Fashion/ Lifestyle and Underground turned into a full-time occupation. Her name also pops up here and there with the big players in the China News game such as RADII China, SUPChina and SCMP, and she's also active as a foreign editorial consultant with state-owned weekly print publication Beijing Review (ENG edition). Van Paridon hunts down the latest in China Fashion, designer newbies, established names, changes in the nation’s street scenery, and close-ups of particular trends presently at play or of historical socio-cultural value in China. 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 individuality, China's new urban culture, and the power that is China's New Youth.