Via Imgur, at the Bawangfen South bus stop near Dawanglu in Beijing. Atari, yo. That’s the new old image of badass for the 2000s generation. What’s that, that’s not the Atari logo? Fuck it, I’m a pimp. Gonna go back to reading this now. (H/T Alicia) UPDATE: Picture by Natalie Litofsky!
This woman has no idea whatsoever what these words mean. Finally, a world without racism, where words are just words. Via Reddit user jjjmills, who notes his wife took this picture last week in Beijing. (H/T Candice L.)
Can a European who never leaves Europe ever have the slightest clue what China is like? It turns out the answer is maybe. Olfert Dapper (1635-1689) was an Amsterdam clergyman and doctor who never traveled abroad but nonetheless produced literature and art about places far, far away. Yesterday, the website BiblioOdyssey – linked to by io9 –... Read more »
BBC Magazine has an incredible slideshow of photographs from the Republic of China period, before the Cultural Revolution destroyed so many of these type of images. The accompanying story also details Robert Bickers’s efforts to reclaim rare photos as part of the Historical Photographs of China project, which “aims to locate, archive, and disseminate photographs... Read more »
They don’t package Chinese firecrackers like they used to, that’s for sure. Mike McHenry, aka Mr. Brick Label on Flickr, has been collecting fireworks labels since 1968, when he was five years old. He’s posted 360 of them, divided into seven time periods, some of which are sampled after the jump. It’s a gift for... Read more »
If suffering is a wellspring for art, there are no greater artists currently living than defectors from North Korea. Witness: this forum, which has compiled drawings from survivors of the country’s brutal concentration and work camps (more are sampled after the jump). The commenters over at Gawker have put China at the top of their... Read more »
Alicia saw this on Global Times today, a picture by CFP captioned: “A boy shows his Apple haircut at West Lake in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province on Saturday.” Must be nice to be that kid: didn’t do a thing, got into Global Times. But that’s how it is with toddlers, isn’t it? They usually... Read more »
It’s easy for non-fathers to joke about what they’re going to do when they have kids, e.g., “When I’m a dad, I’m going to punt my kid around the house like he’s an Aussie football,” or, “I’m not going to spoil my kid, he’s going to sleep in a toolbox underneath the kitchen sink.” But... Read more »