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I’ve never liked Barbie. I’ve never seen a true system engineer Barbie, or a true Barbie chef (don’t argue with me, that Barbie is a home cook!), or a Barbie restaurant administrator — I’ve never seen a Barbie that resembles any of the women of my family (except for my younger cousins)… let alone me. I have never been represented by a Barbie doll, so it’s all the same to me that the Barbie store in China had to close shop.

And no, I don’t think it’s entirely the fault of Barbie being “too strong” for Chinese girls. Sure, some Chinese girls (and boys) may grow up like princesses (or princes) in moderately rich households. But middle to middle-low-income families would still want their daughters to help out at the family’s business as well as getting good grades, or in the case of the very lucky ones just be given the best to reach excellency [1]. Putting your kids through school with extra-curricular activities, it’s a sacrifice… so over-paying for Barbie products would be pointless.

Women today, they can go out and do anything,” her grandmother said. “They can do big things.

And I know the example above may sound like a privilege Chinese girl, but her family’s back story isn’t that of a rich family, considering the girl’s grandmother made her mother work to put her two uncles through their studies. Sounds like a lot of hard work to me.

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It’s been roughly… four years. Give or take. It’s been a good ride, and it’s still going strong… so we still got a long way to go. Guys, if you would’ve gotten me at my “good” times, you’d be millionaires by now. Back when I was in high school I bought anything I could… even if I only like one song- I would have bought your whole album for that one song. I’ve got around 30 physical album with music in Mandarin — that’s roughly 7 albums a year… which is about an album every two months. Trust me, it’s not a bad deal.

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Plus, imports are expensive…

All of the albums’ artists have their tags on the blog except for SingerSen. I haven’t talked about her much on this blog… yet. But maybe one day in the near future, I’ll add her own tag.

This is also not counting the music DVDs xD so there’s a couple more.

As a fan, I think I’ve been good to Chinese music fandom.

You Me by Hamacide + ChaCha

October 15, 2012 — 3 Comments

Just ran into this song- a collaboration between producer Hamacide and Shanghai singer ChaCha on vocals. The EP — which seems more like an elaborate single really — has different remixes by Downstate, Jared Turinsky, Lightswitch Lafayette as well.

With artwork by Lily Xiao.

You can also buy this on Bandcamp.

Oct 9

Mandarin Ode to Vancouver Friends

So I had to write a small composition about my favorite city, so I picked Vancouver because it’s the only other city I can freely talk about. I wrote 130 characters — give or take — and made me realize just how much you can say on Weibo in 140 characters. Once I have a better handling of words, I might really do 140 Chinese characters music and movie reviews on there~

我的最喜欢城市是温哥华。 我曾经在那里学过图像设计和动画设计。
我一定对温哥华很熟悉比利马。 我很喜欢经常跟朋友们到处跑和照照片。
我常常想温哥华,对我的温哥华朋友有很深的感情,所以就像再来看看他们。我觉得他们跟以前不一样,我们越来越大,一些朋友有孩子也是越来越忙,但是他们跟以前一样热情。

Mind you, this hasn’t been grammatically checked. xD

No, there are no hidden messages on this post.

I’m just watching Buddha Mountain and it struck me like a bucket of chilly water — Fan Bingbing reminded me of Masami Nagasawa. No? Maybe? A little bit?

I don’t think they’re exactly the same, but they have similarities — though I think Fan Bingbing is EXTRA pale, both of them are whiter than usual. And while I link Masami Nagasawa’s image as a lot more dorky [1] — and not necessarily a favorite in my list of favorites — she seems to be sneaking a lot into my watching list (eg. I just saw her on Kiseki).

Fan Bingbing, she’s been on my radar for a while now… and even though I’ve only seen her in one other project (My Way), a few couple of phothoshoots… I’m beginning to like her a lot more. When watching her on Buddha Mountain, I kept thinking she seems like an uber intense version of Nagasawa. LOL