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Chiggity Check It: Stylites in Beijing

March 24th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Most of the news we receive about China in the States is baaaaaaaaad news. And almost all of that news pertains to the Chinese government, making it easy to forget that there are actually people in the People’s Republic. Who are these people? What are their hopes and dreams? What kind of music do they listen to? What do they wear?

The last question, at least, has its answer in Stylites in Beijing, a two year-old street-style blog by Nels Frye that I only recently discovered, much to my delight. Back in the mid-90′s, when I was teaching in China, Beijing was pretty cool and cutting-edge compared to the rest of the country, but it was still rare-ish to see people there with unique style. I was rocking a Jenny Shimizu buzzcut and regrettably dark lipstick at the time, and most people mistook me for either a boy–despite the lipstick!–or Japanese (because looking different equaled Japanese, apparently). I definitely stuck out like a shorn thumb.

But the times, they are a’changing, and Frye is documenting it all. What I love about Stylites, though, is that it doesn’t just show fabulous people roaming the narrow hutongs of Beijing, it tells mini-stories of their lives, why they’re in Beijing, what their professions are, what they’re shopping for in the food markets, regular people-stuff that you’re just not going to hear about on CNN.

And that is very good news indeed.

[Stylites in Beijing]

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Great Liu-mon Taste!

March 18th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

40 year-old Lucy Liu graces the April cover of Vogue China, looking oddly like a can of Sprite.

A very young-looking, cheekbone-riffic, pretty…can of Sprite.


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Pagin’ All My Blasians

December 15th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Our favorite Ragin’ Blasian Naomi Campbell graces the cover of the January 2009 Vogue China, and bitch looks good. I mean, obviously, right?

But if you do a simple blog search for this cover, you’ll find a few people who think Naomi looks a little off. One blogger cited her cheeks, another thought her eyes looked rounder, and another went the other way and wrote:

Probably they airbrushed her face or something, but she looks Chinese! And we’re not sure that it’s all that aesthetically pleasing. Too weird looking, perhaps. There are beautiful Chinese women and there is the striking Naomi, but combining the two, doesn’t seem to have had the desired effect this time.

Oh really? Well, newsflash: Naomi is part-Chinese. And her “weird looking” features (read: mixed) account in large part for why Naomi’s the only super from the 80′s still working. And, don’t look now, but I think there’s a phone being hurtled at your so-called “normal looking” face.


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