Archive for October 10th, 2012

More Japanese Grrrl Power

October 10, 2012

As I’ve just had a senior internet blog moment (cf. above post), it is time to return to our most recent theme.

Okay, okay, I will talk to my analyst about this fixation, but not today.

Body Surfer Minami Hatakeyama.

Video HERE at Pipeline.

International Body Board Assoc: 2012 Women’s World Tour rankings.

No. 7 – as above.

No.17 – Sari Ohhara

No. 19 – Mayumi Tone

And Japan is extremely well represented in the top 100.

Sari Ohhara

Finally, the Wedge at Newport Beach because it is a far out photo, thanks to hynews.com

Now, before I sign off I think we should address a major issue confronted by male readers. I know all this luscious eye candy I have been providing is bringing to the fore your residues of Western christian guilt. The children and their mother are now noticing your continuous use of the minimize button.

“I think Dad is developing a major case of yellow fever”.
“No, he is turning into a fucking perverted Japanese salaryman”

So I am going to help you deal with those uncomfortable but nonetheless exciting feelings of guilt you are experiencing.

You can read Chapter One of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics HERE by Laura Miller @ UC Regents Press 2006. It must be academic since Miller quotes cultural and sub-cultural theorists Stuart Hall and Dick Hebdige, respectively.

Finally, if you have really descended into the depths of salaryman total depravity,

Sukeban lite

the e-journal Neojaponisme (quite a find) provides a long, referenced three part series on Gyaru teen girl culture.

Crikey KT. I waded through the whole three parts and I must be normal after all.

You Read it Here First, Okay

October 10, 2012

On a few occasions I have made a passing reference to some Sino topic, only to see other sites make a big deal out of it a few days later. Mucho aggrieved.

So lets break with tradition and be first for once, and heaven help any site which posts this big-time without a hat tip.

Okay Team, I’m feeling a bit arrogant this morning, but this is tremendous stuff. And I won’t be left in a dark and vengeful space.

Miao Cuihua video protest

Clad in a blue plaid shirt and speaking with a rural accent, Miao Cuihua trips over her words as she demands unpaid wages, her “blood and sweat money” for toiling on a construction project.

Miao is certainly not the first migrant worker in China to complain about unpaid wages, but her act of protest has probably been seen by more of her fellow citizens than any other salary dispute in history.

Rather than going to her former employer’s office or lodging a petition with the government – the normal forms of protest in China – Miao took her appeal to the internet with a cleverly produced video that has gone viral and been reported widely by local media.

The success of the video lies in its mimicry of official propaganda. It is a crude facsimile of the stuffy news conferences regularly hosted by government departments. Miao (likely a pseudonym) stands stiffly at a lectern with the title of the news conference emblazoned on the screen behind her: “Migrant Worker Unpaid Salary News Conference”.

Her wording, from her stuffy preamble to her indignation, is lifted almost verbatim from foreign ministry briefings.

Read on from Beyondbrics HERE.

Be Warned. I will be policing this like a Tong Lord.

The only exception is Tea Leaf Nation, full-stop.