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They Run These Streets

Saturday, October 26, 2013 | By: Nicole Sy (施培培)

They’re like today’s superheroes, scaling walls, jumping off buildings and defying gravity. To the rest of the world, it’s called parkour, but in Chinese, it’s called paoku (跑酷). The phrase literally translates to “cool running”. Not to be confused with the film Cool Runnings, the phrase means: “Hey man, those are some cool kicks.” The origins of the sport trace back to France in 1988, where it was started by David Belle in Lisses, a Parisian suburb. Inspired by indigenous people on a trip to Africa with