Saturday, November 13, 2010

Seeking the Soul of China

                                                                

There is great pain in China. There always has been. The Yellow River, "China's Sorrow," ties that pain to the earth itself. It's not been a good earth to Chinese.

Chinese are bewildered. They have been bewildered since first contact with the West. They do not know what to do and spent the entire twentieth century trying to figure it out. They have failed, they know that they have failed, and they are humiliated because of it. With that pain comes sorrow. I see that sorrow and sometimes can feel it myself, in every contact I have with Chinese. It draws me in.

There does not seem to me to be any core of "Chinese-ness" that Chinese can fall back on in their bewilderment, no "soul" that they can take comfort in, to which they can return and say, "Whatever we are not, we are this." Mao Zedong claimed that the peasants--two-thirds of Chinese--were like "blank slates" and that therefore anything could be written on them, they could be made anew, in his image.

Maybe the peasants of China were blank slates, maybe the people of China were, when Mao took power in 1949, I don't know. I don't think so though, because I believe that all human beings have, and each human being has, a soul, a "this-ness" to which they can return. But I can't find it.

China today seems to me like a Potemkin village, a stage set only as deep as its facade. I have walked through the door of that stage set; there is no doubt in my mind of that. I have gone deeper into China than appearances. But in going through that door I can't find my way about. It seems I have stepped into thin air.

Seeking the Soul of China

Potemkin uniforms worn by Potemkin soldiers.
Seeking the real in China.

Seeking the Soul of China: "Women Hold Up Half The Sky."

                                                                  

Pretty, sexy, flirtatious--the young Chinese woman at top is all of those things. What she's not is a soldier.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Seeking the Soul of China: "Women Hold Up Half The Sky."

Red Guards have been replaced by color guards.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Seeking the Soul of China: "Women Hold Up Half The Sky."

Yep, that's exactly what it is. The Chinese military modeled their women's uniforms--hell their female soldiers whole look--after the stewardesses of the 1960's in the West.

                                           The Eastern Airlines Division



                          












The Pacific Southwest Airlines Division




















Seeking the Soul of China: "Women Hold Up Half The Sky."

Oh, I see.
This is a theme.  More accurately, a fetish.  I didn't happen onto a photograph of the one Chinese military unit with hot, beautiful, female soldiers (although I am capable of that). There are units (plural), divisions, regiments, battalions, gaggles--whatever the military term--of them. This is just how women are portrayed in the Chinese military.

So taken together, i.e. as a theme, what do we have?  It looks for all the world like some Chinese guy had a fetish for American flight attendants ("stewardesses" as they were called then) circa 1960's. The mini-skirts, go-go boots, even the hats (TWA, I think). Do not try to tell me these are legitimate military uniforms. Aren't military uniforms supposed to blend in with the battlefield, like camouflage does? Where would these young ladies be fighting in their sky blue uniforms, in the sky?  Actually, their uniform blue is lighter than the sky in the background.



Nice shot. Could the cameraman get any lower to get a better candid up skirt?


Uh-huh. Great military uniform when fighting among bougainvillea.


Fly me.



Orange. Orange.




The bobby-socks and patent leather shoe brigade.  Chinese men have got a foot fetish, going back to foot-binding.



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

China



Paramount Leader Hu Jintao
1 Dungeon Place
Beijing, China

Dear Paramount Leader Hu,

How are you I am fine.

You never got back to me on my offer that you buy me.  That’s okay.

Guess what?  I’m coming back to China! J  You promise not to arrest me?

Just kidding, I know you’d never do that.

Paramount, I was reading up on the "diplomatic protocol" for my next visit.  For the Review of Troops I have been looking at photographs of your troops. I have looked at the Motorized Scooter Division,

        








The Army of the Potomac Division,










The Fellatio Mouth Exercises Division,










And the Miniskirt Boots Division.


























And I think if the Miniskirt Boots Division is available I would like to review them.

As official Liason to coordinate my visit feel free to have #3 from the left contact my staff.

Or she can contact me directly.  You can give her my Personal cell phone number, 800-HOT-LINE (free call). Do you know her name? Do you know if she has a comrade-friend?  Please have your people forward to my people her name, phone number, email address, street address, GPS location, and skirt size.

Thank you, Paramount.

Your Friend,

Benjamin (the screw that never rusts) Harris

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

China

China's People's Liberation Army soldiers are the skinniest soldiers I've ever seen.
                                                        
Look at this guy's waist!  Hu Jintao obviously has never heard of "steroids."

And of course the PLA are ubiquitous: in Tienanmen Square standing guard next to the flag, in the art district, in the Forbidden City--everywhere. They stand wherever they stand absolutely motionless, like statues. I wanted to go up and squirt a water gun on their khaki pants to see if I could get a reaction or say something like, "Hey Peng Dehuai, I heard that Mao Zedong was gay, can you confirm?" 


                                                                
                                           Umm, I don't think you're standing straight enough.
   



                                   Really intelligent expression on this one's face.                



                                                   Hey! Nice weather we're having, huh?



At least this one's asleep. 


                                                What is this, the armored scooter division?
God, these guys irritate me.
I think I have a problem with authority.









HOLY S***!!!   Where were THEY when I was there???
Look...at...the...third...one...from...the...left.  Oh my..."THE EAST IS RED!  THE SUN IS RISING!  CHINA HAS BROUGHT FORTH A MAO ZEDONG!"

Monday, November 08, 2010

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

"Lies, Damn Lies, and...

...Statistics:"

"...[B]efore the adoption of the German term Statistik, [the work] was referred to, in English, as 'political arithmetic.' "


-The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand, p.186.