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Meet Creative People | 遇见创意人士 Yu Yang


Craft and creativity continues to grow in China, none of which would be possible without the inspired and daring minds behind the ideas and production. We are asking the creative community in China five fun questions to learn a little bit more about the people behind this burgeoning industry.  Hope you enjoy! If you think you should be profiled or you know someone creative who should be profiled send an email to


Yu Yang

puppets making teacher 木偶制作教师

Shanghai Theater Academy

Yu Yang teaches making of puppets in Shanghai Theater Academy, mainly focusing on rod puppets, marionettes, hand puppets, and shadow play puppets. As a passionate fan of technological materials and machinery, Yu Yang is also fascinated with light weight carbon fiber, as well as combination of traditional and modern technology, so he often uses 3D printing and cutting machines to make puppets material.


1. Favorite Chinese saying? 最喜欢的一句中国谚语是?

An artisan must first sharpen his tools if he is to do his work well (工欲善其事,必先利其器). I’ve always liked to spend a little more on better quality tools. Unlike artists who need to support themselves, the advantage of being a teacher is that there are more opportunities to experiment.



2.Favorite movie of all time? 有史以来你最喜欢的电影是哪一部?

“Farewell My Concubine” by Chen Kaige, starring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, Gong Li,  Ge You.


3. Best restaurant in Shanghai? 上海最赞的餐厅是哪里?

I think my favorite Shanghai restaurant is Ding Tele, the one in the alleyway of Huaihai Road. Even though it doesn’t serve five spice beef noodle anymore, but I like other dishes, and that it’s open 24 hours.


4. Favorite smell? 最喜欢的味道?

All natural scents of wood— Sandalwood, Camphor, Rosewood, Englewood etc.


5. Someone you would like to have dinner with? 想跟谁一起共进晚餐?

Elon Musk. I’d like to talk with him about Tesla and rocket recovery.



We invite each of the creatives we profile to tag another interesting person for the series. Yu Yang suggested artist Sun Hao from Dance with Light collective.



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