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New Years in China by John Abbot
Of course it isn’t really New Years Eve in China tonight, because here they celebrate an entirely different new year, which they also call “Spring Festival”, and which is based on the lunar calendar. To them New Years Day is the first day of spring, and we still don’t understand how the first day of spring can somehow fall in the dead of winter. For example it is on January 26th this year (2009).
However in China they are starting to also celebrate our New Year. We (my Chinese wife and I) are booked to go out for an Italian dinner and then attend a New Years Eve party being hosted on a rooftop garden by a local Australian Wine Importing Company. We’re advised there will be many native Chinese attending both (I’ll report back later).
Meanwhile, I spotted an online report that demonstrates quite clearly how “the times they are a changing” rapidly in China these days, and every New Year brings with it a more liberal and enlightened China than existed the year before. This little report, spotted on www.52jingmen.com, is significant for 2 reasons:
1.       When I arrived here in China about 7 years ago this type of photographic content would not have been allowed to air on the internet, nor anywhere else, in China, particularly because it showed Chinese women in the nude. It is deemed acceptable now under the thin guise of “art”, but we are noticing more and more that the censorship of “risqué” online material is being rapidly eroded; and
 
2.       The subject of the published material is a very public event in which Chinese women were clearly cavorting about in public sans clothing, again albeit because they were somehow taking part in the creation and display of “art”. Public nudity in China - never!
The website display of the pictures below had no accompanying article, merely the following:
漳河水韵——人体彩绘活动(多图)
作者:小城故事、牧马人、明月清辉
which, translated by Google says:
Zhanghe River water rhyme - body painting activities (multi-map)
Author: Tales of a Small Town, Wrangler, Mingyue Qinghui
 
Perhaps there was a more detailed article published elsewhere but I didn’t find it. We (I presume to speak for all foreign men) are both astounded and pleased that the women in this world that we admire the most may now occasionally be spotted in all their beauty on the banks of the Zhanghe River.
 
Happy New Year China!



From: Original         Author: John Abbot         Time: 8/15/2012 11:53:58 AM

 
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