Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Beijing 2008 by Liu Yi (刘溢)

This painting is currently making the rounds in Taiwan email circles. The thrift of the email is that the girl on the far right represents Taiwan, apart from the other majiang gamers.

There are a few other differing interpretations however. I'm wondering whether the Taiwanese writers have read too much into the painting.

This email kind of reminds me of the one I got a few years back proclaiming that English Westerners look down on Chinese (and virtually all Asian races) because of the 'ese' ending to describe the people. It said that only disliked races have that suffix. A lot of people believed that too at the time and I got asked a lot by students. (Out of curiosity, I actually researched this and found out that the 'ese' ending is due to an Old French form of spelling. Besides we also use it for Portuguese too so how could their hypothesis hold?!?)

More on the supposed 'ese' controversy here:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002786.html

Nice painting though. The artist was born in China but now lives and works out of Canada. He has galleries in a few countries. Check out his art if you have a chance... Posted by Picasa
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