Eli Sweet

Eli Sweet was born in Atlanta and has lived in China for over nine years, where he is the vice-chairman of AmCham SW China. Listen to his music on his Soundcloud here 

Posts by Eli Sweet

White Monkey

Living it large as a laowai performer – by Eli Sweet


I was already a rapper when I arrived in Chengdu in the fall of 2006. I had started rapping in high school, around when I started studying Chinese, and my identity back then was largely defined by those two hobbies. After I graduated college I recorded two hip hop mixtapes, which were released to underwhelming public response. Hip hop had begun to look like a long shot; China seemed increasingly promising by contrast. So at the suggestion of a former study-abroad classmate I hopped a plane for Chengdu.