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- People Republic of Cross-dressing
One of the nicest things about being in Beijing at this point in history is watching the ways that the city processes the huge amounts of new cultural info that enter it each day. On its surface, Beijing’s cultural identity seems pretty fixed. It’s the PRC’s symbolic center, and it needs to look the part. But if you look below the surface, you can see a city passionately seeking out and soaking in new forms of living. A couple years ago I did a series of conversations with people who I thought were at the front of this process. (Here’s one with the owner of Beijing’s first reggae bar (since destroyed) and one with the director of China’s first non-profit art space (since resigned)).
The wonderful web TV series Sexy Beijing has just posted a couple of new episodes examining transgendered life in the capital. They feature Mei Mei, the queen of Beijing`s cross-dressing scene, and a few of her acolytes. Check it out.
- The Ghost of Christmas Future
A few years ago I saw a little feature on something called “Age me“, an online application that will digitally age your photo to show how would look after, say, 40 years of smoking or eating fast food, anorexia, excessive exposure to sun, things of that nature. The show presented it as a kind of scared straight program for reckless twenty-somethings, and as I was twenty-something at the time, I sat up and took notice. Since that day, I’ve always been curious to give Age Me a whirl, probably because I am currently maintaining several long-term bad habits for which I expect to pay dearly in my later years. Never did though, and today I realized that I don’t have to, because I’m pretty sure this is what it’s gonna look like:
Real shit. Plus that David Guetta and Kudi song was my guilty pleasure jam of 2009. No joke. Uncanny likeness…
Happy Independence Day from Boogie Down Beijing where pro-Americans pop up in unexpected places…. Already had a hot dog and two burgers. Hope you get yours…