Chinese tradition, ceremony,culture

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    This is the kind of things I love seeing; Chinese culture, language, philosophy, history, art, fashion, literature, myths, legends, stories, and the list goes on and on, presented globally in comfortable, understandable, relatable, and elegant manners.

    The maverick designer who dresses China's first lady
     
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    At the risk of sounding like I'm objectifying women, I think the above noted difference is due to physiological differences between caucasian and east asian women.

    Compared to asian women, caucasian women have more generous curves. Therefore, it makes sense for them to wear outfits that display those assets.

    On the other hand, asian women have more delicate and aesthetically pleasing facial features, therefore their clothes are designed to accentuate their beauty, and focuses less on their body shape.
     
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    What's appealing is not only cultural. It's also intra cultural. When you see those fashion shows and the models walk down the runway for a designer, personally I see over 90% of the clothes as unappealing. Am I saying the designers are horrible? No. A lot of designers approach clothes as a form of art and that appeals to that crowd just like in art some wonder how that's considered art while others think it as genius. Guys tend to look at women's clothes in a sexual context. A lot of men don't realize women dress for women not for men most of the time and not in a sexual context. What I find odd are those that are in the fashion industry always calling this or that "sexy" when usually it's not sexy to a straight man. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has been seen as a fashion queen in those circles but according to straight men is the number one ugliest female celebrity. Who are the ones that control the fashion industry? Women and gay men. Is that why a lot of models are shapeless and anorexic with a boyish look?

    We had somewhat of a discussion long ago in this forum on this subject regarding beauty pageants. China would always send women they thought were beautiful to international pageants and they would stand out not like the rest. When you go to Asian centered internet forums, you'll always comes across beautiful women threads. Asian tastes are not Western tastes. Asians like petite and thin shapes while Westerners like statuesque shapes. It's only when countries like Japan sent Western type women is when they won Miss Universe and China sent one to win Miss World is when they got results.
     
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    It would be interesting to see historical Chinese fashion, such as the Hanfu, go into mainstream again. We are seeing a lot of interest from young people in those kinds of clothes, even though right now they're restricted to photo sessions.
     
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    Seems like group-think is thick in the fashion industry.
     
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    I found this interesting article on Tianya:

    It's a farewell post from a Muslim Hui girl posted on http://www.2muslim.com/, which, incidentally, is currently shut down for extremist content.

    In the post, she expresses frustration with her fellow muslims on 2muslim.com, who, in her view, are more interested in talking about the correct way to pray or to wear the veil, than to talk about the future of Islam.

    She believes that Islam is currently going through a phase much like China went through in the last century, one of a glorious past but a despondent present. She believes that there is much that the Islamic civilization can learn from the Chinese civilization.

    For her view, she was ostracized and banned from the site, so she posted this for her last word.

    Her post is an instructive view into the lives and beliefs of modern Hui Chinese, and I found it a fascinating read.
     
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    This is a google translation for our non-Chinese reading forumites:
     
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    Two factors influence Culture: (1) Hereditary - i.e. passed on from generations to generations & (2) Environment - present happenings i.e. good (as in technology advancements, honest & good media teachings/films etc), & the bad (i.e. pornos, evil influences as portrayed in several films, & radical/terrorist social media/propaganda etc). Governments & parents should ensure children & young adults are not influenced by the bad environmental factors. China has the oldest culture in the world, & the excellent teachings by the Chinese sages like Confucius, Lao Tzu etc. are great influencing factors to not only the Chinese but to most cultured people everywhere.
     
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    Same goes to religious institutions and their interference with government.o_O
     
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    Interesting to see a piece on the Jiayuguan part of the Great Wall:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/world/asia/great-wall-china.html

    I visited the place in 2008. No tourists back then, the fortress was brand new and indeed felt like a film set. I still have a picture of me shooting a bow from the rampart.

    While the new fort itself didn't have much of a historical feeling, standing on the ramparts and looking at the landscape beyond was another matter entirely. The fabled Qilian mountains stretched across the horizon, and below was a stretch of earthen ramp that was all that remained of the original wall. You could literally feel the millenia imprinted on the land.
     
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