Lucy Jordan

March 4, 2012


Why do Sundays feel the same everywhere in the end? Whether it’s people in blue Mao suits cycling their rusted trike-cart down a hutong, or a youth strolling down the Magdalen Road in Oxford with a bulldog. Sundays look the same everywhere. Perhaps it’s my eyes that haven’t changed. On this Sunday evening, my head […]

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The Ancient Tea-Horse Trail

March 2, 2012


The seasons here swing like a slow pendulum from one extreme to another, pausing at the ends while they change direction. The passage of time is marked by the change from freezing to boiling and back again over a year. Each time it feels impossible to remember the other state of being. Time is also […]

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The Lone Fish Finally Swims

February 28, 2012


Tonight I went swimming. It was not as difficult as I’d let myself believe it was. There is a pool just near me, relatively. The whole building is labelled Dongdan Sports Centre in letters that must be visible from space. But it’s not clear how to get in. I suffered a whole over-heated summer without […]

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Fairy Fox

February 27, 2012


 It’s been two weeks of really bad air now – sore nose, sore throat. Hoping nothing lasts forever. Until the wind changes, trying not to go outside too much. I wish some factories would close down. I can deal with the car pollution but not these smoggy toxic clouds aswell. Be like Australians! Buy local. […]

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February 25, 2012


The young fashionable Beijing thing wears the skins of wild animals from head to toe, including dangly bits on her mobile phone. It is always fox. I hadn’t seen my Chinese teacher for months. She came to my home last week to give me a lesson. She told me she has left the school and […]

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Cultural Learnings from Fashion

February 20, 2012


Yesterday I went to a talk by a visiting Norwegian anthropologist held at an LGBT centre in Beijing. It was translated into Chinese which gave me time to gaze around the room during translations. The room was hot and crowded. There were more check shirts and cardigans I’ve seen in one place since visiting Taiwan. […]

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Rubbish and the Poor

February 19, 2012


I’ve not been feeling very well this week. I had to go home Friday morning and take the day off sick. I’ve spent most of Friday and Saturday lying on the sofa. I went outside yesterday evening, but still the air smells bad and has a choking quality. I don’t want to go outside. The […]