9 11 2015

I’ve never paid much attention to Canadian alt-pop star Grimes before, but her new album featuring Janelle Monae and Taipei glitch-hopper Aristophanes has definitely caught my attention. I must explore more!

Asia’s sexiest….

21 06 2015

Over the weekend, with some friends, talk turned to the latest internet sensation in the Far East, Taiwan’s
sexy beancurd seller,¬†above, who has been burning up hearts online over the last week. The hot-blue-collar-worker-plucked-from-anonymity-to-become-a-sex-symbol seems to have a particular resonance in Asia. This is just the latest case in a string that includes Sexy beancurd Seller’s compatriot Ms Fried Chicken who parlayed a video of deep frying a chicken steak into a softporn bikini-modelling career in Taipei, to Bangkok’s mototaxi-model.

There have also been hot Japanese war correspondents, dashing English teachers, a handsome Filipino KFC store manager and a suave Malaysian immigration official (apparently) who have burst out of anonymonity to become short-lived lust objects.

The most unlikely story of all, though, I had missed. It is that of ‘Brother Sharp’, dubbed China’s most handsome beggar, who was hounded by paparazzi after his movie-star-like looks were revealed to the general public, went into a mental institution and then emerged to walk in Guangzhou Fashion Week and be reunited with his family, mysteriously losing his looks along the way.

And that is to say nothing of his fellow PRC citizen, Most Fashionable Homeless Person in History.

Divine Love: The Gay Rabbit God

6 06 2015

I stumbled across a reference this week, while reading an article on the history of male prostitution in Singapore, to Tu’er Shen, a traditional Chinese gay rabbit god. Needless to say, I immediately googled to find out more.

According to his wikipedia page, Tu’er Shen “manages the love and sex between homosexual men.” The article says:

In a folk tale from 17th century Fujian, a soldier is in love with a provincial official, and spies on him to see him naked. The official has the soldier tortured and killed, but he returns from the dead in the form of a leveret (a rabbit in its first year) in the dream of a village elder. The leveret demands that local men build a temple to him where they can burn incense in the interest of “affairs of men”. The story ends:

According to the customs of Fujian province, it is acceptable for a man and boy to form a bond [qi] and to speak to each other as if to brothers. Hearing the villager relate the dream, the other villagers strove to contribute money to erect the temple. They kept silent about this secret vow, which they quickly and eagerly fulfilled. Others begged to know their reason for building the temple, but they did not find out. They all went there to pray.

The article went on to discuss the historical form of gay marriage practiced among the Hokkien-speaking people of Fujian province, whereby men would be joined by the rabbit god as recognised spouses for a period of twenty years, after which they would both be expected to take wives and have children.

Although little known to most Chinese people, the gay rabbit deity has recently been revived in Taiwan, where he has an LGBT-focused temple in Yonghe, North of Taipei, which gay couples visit to pray for the longevity of the relationships and leave offerings of carrots on the altar.

As far as I know though, the God of Gay Love has no temple in Hong Kong :(


10 05 2015

July, you say? I think I’m free..

New world order

4 01 2015

Tale of Two Cities: Hong Kong 80s X Taipei 90s

17 08 2014

A Parallel Tale: Hong Kong X 80s and Taipei X 90s is a surprisingly interesting exhibition now on in HK, tracing the comic book culture of the two cities in two different decades. I have to admit I was quite ignorant of the scene in either city, but the exhibition serves up some nice images from artists from Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as their interesting reminiscences about life and art in the 80s and 90s.

The show is free and its on currently at Comix Home Base, a new centre for the comics industry in a restored four storey historical building in Wanchai (across the street from a Mos Burger, I discovered to my delight, too.)

18 04 2014


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