Photo of the Day – Non-Comformist
I’ve been spending a lot of time with young Chinese people lately. Of course that’s not unusual, I teach English to college students after all. No, I mean aside from my students, I’ve been hanging out with and getting to know a fairly broad cross-section of young Chinese between the ages of 20 – 30. It’s an interesting time in China and this generation is witnessing change at a pace never before seen anywhere else at any other time in history. As it is everywhere, their interests and dreams and goals and beliefs run the gamut, with some twists unique to China. I’m producing a photo documentary on the subject that I hope to have completed in the next few months. Yes China is changing. It’s growing, and I’m not just talking about the population. I’m not sure exactly where it all ends but I’m certain that it will continue to evolve, and not because of any amount of external pressure. China will change at a pace and in a direction chosen by the people. For some, it can’t happen fast enough, while others are getting left in the dust, both economically and ideologically.
One of the groups I’ve been spending time with includes some young aspiring rock stars and their small but dedicated fan base. Desperately trying to find some individualtiy in a society that willingly adheres to the collective. It’s an absolute contradiction, on more than one level.
The weather here stinks again, cold and damp and gray. A recipe for depression and disinterest. I’m supposed to go out with a group of journalist tomorrow but I’m already balking at the idea of fumbling with the camera, a camera bag and tripod, all while trying to manage an umbrella with frozen hands. Had a nice talk with my daughter Natalie today, she had to call back three times and never complained. She’s rippin’ it up at DU, on pace to get her BA in French, a BS in Accounting and a Masters in Accounting, all in five years. I also leaned today that Adam and Melissa are expecting a girl in August… my first grandchild will be Layla Valerie! Until next time, peace!