Since, as you all know, Beijing has a huge population, there is always someone willing to take a job that another person won’t. Therefore, I have thought of a few new opportunities that could be implemented to better use the man power of Beijing’s everyday person.
– What Not to Wear Zhongguo: a Chinese version of the US’s tv show with Stacey and Clinton, except geared towards Chinese aesthetics. I.e.; in China it might be okay to wear a puffy, furry panda jacket to work, but there are rules! For example, a panda jacket must never be paired with pink butterfly boots. (Unfortunately I don’t yet have pictures of this phenomenon- this isn’t the Sartorialist.)
A view of 798 art district. I went there last weekend with Katie and Margaret (my friend from Oberlin who is also in Beijing for the month of January). 798 is a really fascinating district- all of the buildings were built as factories in the 1950’s and 60’s in conjunction with Soviet Russia. They are all giant, with Bauhaus architecture and giant saw-tooth rooflines. Many have huge windows, providing a perfect space to make art, which is why in the 1990’s the Central Academy of Fine Arts moved their sculpture studio into the then-vacant factories. This jump started what is now Beijing’s most thriving contemporary art neighborhood. It’s a really exciting place, and even though I don’t think the three of us chose a good day to go (since many galleries were closed and there weren’t many people around), I can’t wait to go back! (http://www.studio-international.co.uk/reports/beijing_798.asp– a nice brief history of the area, if you’re interested)
This is the view from my room on a pretty bad pollution day. This isn’t a bad photo, and the window isn’t that dirty- you just can’t see buildings very clearly when it gets so smoggy. Uck.
Me standing in front of one of the facades- it was so cold I think it made me smile weirdly.