Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I love my hall!

Here's a good one for you sweet kids you.

I had an assignment to write a 1-page piece from the POV of an "other," ie, somebody who is not like me (female, American, 'hapa,' whatever.) So I thought, Oh-ho! I shall write from the POV of a Chinese skinhead! The closest I get to a skinhead, and I'm not making any claims here, as you'll see, is my lovely Merc jacket that Miss Caitlin keeps taking from me. I love it so. Vies with my Straight to Hell jacket as my favorite jacket, unless it's really really cold, and then my loyalties lie with my tragically no-longer waterproof, puffy North Face thing which only ethnic minorities seem to wear. . .

Half an hour later. I realize that this it isn't going to work, but I run into my neighbor in the hall, who moved into my friend's room after said friend went to study abroad in Glasgow (and it was said friend who actually first sent me the link to the band down there), and I say, "Hey, you've been to China, right?" He's one of those white kid Econ majors who speak Chinese.

"Yeah."

"When you were in Beijing, did you see any skinheads? Like is there a substantial-- relatively-- presence?"

Kid blinks a few times. "What's a skinhead? Are they, like, emo kids times two?"

Now I was pretty sure this was a subculture fairly embedded in the modern consciousness. Guess I was wrong.

Anyway, check out some crazy Chinese Oi! Lead singer Lei Jun is apparently one of the first working to spread the scene. Oh yeah, and PS? I think that picture is one of the cutest I've seen ever. I want my wedding pictures to look like that. Minus bleach splattered jeans. Just not into that.

6 comments:

C said...

more white people than minorities wear that puffy northface you have... cept maybe that cos we don't have that many minorities....

that picture makes me think of that "Jump" book I have, with the photos by, oo what's his name. that photographer who took tons of celebrity/dignitary pics way back when. and always took a picture of them jumping.

C said...

i meant more white people wear the coat HERE in maine, but we don't have that that many non whites... the rest of us llbean it.


now i just sounds kinda racist don't it. whatever.

b said...

"African American Boycott of L.L. Bean Enters 80th Year"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEQAzzVcvtY

(This is funnier in concept that execution, like most Onion things. And Sarah Silverman still isn't funny.)

ken said...

You know, you shouldn't complain - you're lucky that Caitlin lets you wear your Mod jacket at all. . .I thought Santa was gonna bring me one of Merc's army-style jackets, but I got the scooter-guy t-shirt instead - which my wife wears ALL the time (I've literally worn it once!). . .
thanks for the info on MISANDAO, I've got the "oi, oi skinhead" on a comp that a friend sent me, but it wasn't labeled and I had NO IDEA who the band was . . .
Regarding your p.s. - For an illustrated explanation of how we merged a near-hundred year old bungalow (built by a French veteran of the Great War) with our li'l farm, just follow this link -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/robot-jitters/
sets/72157604691577094/

Northern Jon said...

Hey, any chance of putting up something by Pearl Harbour & the Explosions? Or any idea where I can grab some?

The link on that twilightzone blog don't work no more.

p said...

haha!

 

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