Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bokrecension På kinesiskt vis

Här kommer första bokrecension för På kinesiskt vis, recenserad av Kinaportalen (

"Ännu en bok om Kina har dykt upp på den svenska marknaden, och det är långt ifrån den första detta år. Denna bok handlar dock, till skillnad från flera av sina föregångare, väldigt lite om politik. Den handlar däremot väldigt mycket om kinesisk kultur, traditioner, normer, kutym. Och den gör det på ett mycket bra sätt - boken är välskriven, med massor av vackra och illustrativa bilder. En perfekt gåva, men också mycket läsvärd för den som skall åka till Kina på längre eller kortare tid. Det är en "introduktion" till Kina som skrivits, och bilderna är en viktig del i denna.
Att vara en en ganska kort och lättfattad introduktion har den förstås gemensamt med Johan Björkstens "I Mittens rike" som kom för 2 år sedan. Men de skiljer sig också lite. Björkstens bok behandlar kinesisk historia, och det tar upp en hel del av boken. "På kinesiskt vis" ger ingen kronologi och författaren skriver inte alls om olika historiska epoker. Däremot handlar den om historisk, traditionella kinesiska företeelser (alltifrån vett o etikett till tedrickning) och det gör den på ett mycket bra sätt.

Helt klart läsvärd för den oinitierade!

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

CIWC Christmas Bazaar Photo Update

Yesterday I got the photo prints back from the lab and I must say they look great. They are at the framers now being cut for cream-colored or black matts, depending on what color best suits the image. I made 46 prints total (from the 20 images). Ten of the prints have already been sold and I'm hoping that many more people will pre-order to get an idea of which images are the most popular. Of course, it will be much easier to judge which ones are nice when you actually see them at the Bazaar. The prints are large, standard size is A3 (2 times a regular piece of copy paper). In case the image you like best is sold out you can put your name on an order list and  I'll get the picture to you before Christmas. 
Many people have asked me to recommend a good framer here in Chengdu. I will bring a stack of business cards for a framer I recommend: Shilin Muyi near Rainbow Bridge (the big crossing downtown where the furniture department stores are located): 37 Beisi, tel: 028-86614510. Mobile: 13708007421.  There are also good framers at Songxianqiao Antique Market, underneath the highway in the souvenir shops near the Kempinski and on "framer's street", No 99 West Zhonglieci Road (near the Greenland Hotel).  
For more info about the photos see the entry below from November 3rd.

Fat Lady Rocks!

When I was trying to think up an appropriate name for this blog I thought I might call it Pang Taitai. Then I could truly call myself a blobber at Blobspot, excuse me a blogger at Blogspot. But lo and behold Pang Taitai (Fat Lady) was already taken by a well-endowed Hebei woman selling her own brand of spiffy fashion apparel for curvaceous Chinese women. Her website leans heavily towards the pink end of the palette and her slogan is "I am beautiful, I believe in myself". She seems to have representation all over China and she models all her designs. As anyone around me knows I can be direct to the point of bluntness, so I really like Ms Fang's straight forward and honest business approach, especially in a country obsessed with slimness and youthful beauty. If you want to put in an order for a natty tennis outfit or a rabbit fur collar down jacket her email is - or why not some Power Woman black suede boots with gold details? Tell her Chengdu Pangtaitai sent you.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Presidents, Princes, Divas and Murderers

When I was a teenager my family moved to Florida. The first week in our new hometown a young black man was taken into the swamps by the local Ku Klux Clan, chained to a tree and beaten to death. This was 1976. Today Barack Obama was elected President of the United States of America. It made me cry. For the past eight years I have been so ashamed to call myself an American that I have cowardly hidden behind my Swedish passport. Today I feel extremely proud to be an American  and proud of the American people that voted for Obama. We are no longer the people of 1976. Let us hope that Mr Obama will keep us proud both of him and ourselves.
©Ingrid Booz Morejohn
The past few weeks have seen various personages pass through Chengdu. Yesterday Prince Andrew, Duke of York, turned up at The Bookworm. He was either very tired (or slightly tipsy from a working lunch) because he fell asleep in front of our very eyes. Luckily this didn't last for more than a few seconds and he went on to lend his support and suggestions to the ex-pat efforts in the local earthquake relief work. 

We opened our front door the other day to discover Yang Erche Namu on our doorstep. She was inspecting the vacant apartment across from ours, possibly thinking of renting it. (Our Korean missionary neighbors have shifted abode). Namu is well-known in Sweden and other European countries as the author (together with Christine Mathieu) of Leaving Mother Lake (Döttrarnas Rike, Bra Böcker Bokförlag), an account of her childhood on the shores of Lugu Lake on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan Province. She belongs to the Mosuo minority and at a young age left her small village to become a mega singing star in China. Her life was featured in National Geographic Magazine and she has since both written books, been a model and starred in movies. Let's hope she's not too hot to handle if she becomes our neighbor. Are Mosuos in the habit of borrowing sugar?

Temple door, Kongpo, Tibet ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn
On the darker side of things an upsetting thing happened the other day on our street. On my way in a taxi to pick up my children I suddenly saw two Tibetans stabbing each other with long knives. The taxi driver jammed on his brakes and for a few horrifying seconds we say them lunge fiercely at each other in a grim dance of death, both wanting to get the best of the other. The driver quickly decided the best thing to do was to flee the scene and we sped off in a hurry, both of us shaken by what we had seen. "Did you see that?" I asked him. "I saw it." he answered. I wish I hadn't.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Photos for sale at CIWC Christmas Bazaar

Ballet class, Shanghai
Corn harvest, Lijiang, Yunnan
Moon Gate, West Slender Lake, Yanghzou, Jiangsu
Red Corridor, Wuhou Temple, Chengdu
Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang, Yunnan
Lotus Pond
Tagong, West Sichuan
Women's Feast, Dali, Yunnan
Bamboo, Wuhou Temple, Chengdu
Autumn, Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan
Three Pagodas, Dali, Yunnan
Cormorant fishermen, Li River, Guangxi
10,000 Buddha Peak, Emei Mountain, Sichuan
Tashilhunpo Monastery, Tibet
Lijiang, Yunnan Province
Lotus seed pod
Tibetan nun, Lhasa
Tibetan monk, Sumtsenling Monastery, Zhongdian

All of the pictures you see here are going to be on sale as prints at the 3rd Annual CIWC Christmas Bazaar at QSI International School (Meizhou Huayuan) on December 6, 2008. All proceeds from the sales of these images will go to two charities that work with earthquake relief projects in the Sichuan area that was devastated by the May 12th, 2008 earthquake : Ecologia and Sichuan Quake Relief. 

Ecologia needs 70,000 RMB to help a village rebuild homes and help families begin a cottage industry where they can earn a living. The remaining money earned will go to Sichuan Quake Relief – working on many projects in the quake area to help relieve the suffering of those living in the area.

More about the charities:
Sichuan Quake Relief 

Each print will come mounted with a matt (passpartout) and cost 250 rmb. There will be 20 prints on sale.  If there is a special picture that you like please make a comment here below or send me an email: Additional prints can be ordered and delivered before Christmas. The goal this year for the entire bazaar is to raise 100,000 RMB for charity. Please come and help make this possible!

NOTE! ALL IMAGES ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn