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国美:被信任是一种快乐/States and Beauty: Happy to Be Trusted


Faces seem to be similar, if from a same region.

Could there be any research on how the variable—-the states contribute to what is defined as beauty ?

国美(Gome)is a company which mainly sells electric appliances. The two characters 国美, can be interpreted as the states and the beauty as its representation. It implies that the nation can be a factor to define the beauty.

“被信任是一种快乐” is its ad. slogan, meaning happy to be trusted. It implies that happiness and trust have something to do with the defining process.

In China, it is widely acknowledged that 西施 (Xi, Shi), a beauty living in Warring States period ranks no. 1, in nearly all beauty ranking systems, and coincidently, Warring States period is a time when states have fierce conflicts and before the final unification is achieved.

This is the historical context how the Chinese classical beauty is generated.

Legacy around 西施 remains and spreads, including how she makes recluse with her lover 范蠡, a business man, and most of all, a hero in helping build up a state.

Can there be a modern/post-modern 西施 in China?

The two images come from:

The first one shows a flower called Paeonia suffruticosa, which is regarded as an informal representation as the state of People’s Republic of China.

The second one is an animal called  Sanguinolaria diphos. It looks like tongues and people across Taiwan Strait both call it the tongue of 西施。

Music and Recyling

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This is the floor plan for Robinson Library’s 4th floor.

The trash bins have been counted and placed on the this digital plan, according to their locations in the real space.

The colour of the illustrations is in accordance with the actual colour of the trash bins, which is set to categorize the trash generated within the building.

This digital plan is a discriminating one however, since it ignores those disabled people’s ability to understand it, say, people who are colour blind.

The reason why shapes like these are chosen to represent 4 types of trashes, is because these shapes look like how Chinese characters’ tones are annotated. They are mainly categorized into 4 types. For example: The  4 characters <医>, <移>,<乙> and <亿>, when pronounced,  require the one’s mouth to keep the same shape respectively, but  asks the one to generate 4 different tones to differentiate them. When teachers teach children how to pronounce them, they use <->, </>, <v> and <> to annotate these 4 tones (note that here </> and <> are slightly longer than they should be. However in reality they should look as of the same height with <-> and <v>; besides <v> should be the same when <>> is clockwise rotated 90 degrees. Here the Alphabet <v> is used, due to the limitation of this blog’s function). It is imagined if the trashes can have some relationship with music, since tones are already quite related to music, at least fragments of music.

Research is needed.

Could this be a way of recycling the trash into beautiful things, in a trans-disciplinary way?

Defining Home—-Chapter 8: Special Collections 之 20th Century Pamphlet Exhibition

Full contents can be found:



PRECISION is what has been pursued.

Creative Enterprise 2(1): Let the Justice Do!



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Please contact the author for further translation and interpretation.

红色贵族:Red and Royalty

The phrase <红色贵族> has already been wrongly used for quite a long time in China, which always relates to Communism, the Party, and the Money.

It’s time to find its original meaning.

Coincident with its direct translation (red royalty), the red and the royalty are two crucial parts in CHINESE culture.

It is widely agreed that the colour RED is the representative of CHINA (not knowing if there are other sovereignty which has the similar taste). It means positivity, energy, happiness and liveliness. No surprise that People’s Republic of China chooses it as the main colour for the Five-Star-Red-Flag, the symbol of a sovereignty.

Royalty: Unlike that some westerners despise China as no royal symbols, there are actually FLUID representations about royalty, which manifest themselves as the change/switch of dynasties.In each dynasty period, a family with a specific surname governs the whole land and allocates the resources to the relatives within. Thus in parallel with Western civilizations, Royalty is also an inherent element of Chinese culture.

<赤色为朱> is a phrase to describe the colour RED. 朱 is an expression with royal implications. The evidence can be found in phrase such as <朱批>, which means the Palace Memorial commented by an emperor.

Coincidently called memorial again, this document is made up of paper always folded several times. It’s a formal report from a departmental official, to inform the emperor what has happened within the official’s responsibility, and to let the emperor decide what should be done or if there is anything that needs to be improved.

<朱批> is a most persuasive expression to prove the relationship between the red and the royalty.

Recommended reading:

Are Pigs Human Beings’ Best Friends?

People in different countries have diverse taste towards animals, take pigs for example:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Generally Germans like pigs or as they call it Schwein. pigs represent luck (gluecklichkeit). Pigs enjoy relatively easy life before they are slaughtered, and they comprise the most delicious food

—-Knowledge from being as a student in Goethe Institut, Pekin, whose role is a cultural communication institution worldwide, representing the resplendence of Germany

However, totally on the contrary, generally Chinese don’t like pigs as they regard them as being stubborn, stupid and dirty.

Nonetheless, if one ignores these cultural differences, one may easily make a wrong judgement towards a MTV and its lyrics, and this raise challenges to the company such as Youtube, since online bullying may easily happen. Though Youtube is not a company which generates these insults, the streaming media technology actually ignites their happening, or at least, provides a channel and a possibility.

A cautious stance should be taken towards technology.

1644 In-Situ: Homeoffice

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Above WAS what happened in Far East. Here, <Far East> is used to show a geographically European centred perspective. The reason lies that the server of this blog is currently provided by a European country and its institution.

This may be what happens to Newcastle:

A. D. 1644/04/25——a day to be remembered.

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Strength to Be Continued

珠算申遗催火算盘收藏 黄花梨算盘要价近20万


It’s been more than half century when the computer, or the way to accord human being’s ability to calculation with the electronic device started to develop.

Compared to the binary system which is based upon the physically relatively unchangeable condition, decimal system is a learned rule in the human beings’ evolutionary process (Evolution is a borrowed word here to make this sentence finish, and it can definitely be attacked.)

However, what is surprising is that ever since the ancient times, Chinese has already been quite used to the Octal system, which seems to be more approaching to the current computing science. The secret lies in a toy called Suanpan. It follows the rule that once reaching 8, it will add 1 to the next digital. It is numerically more similar to the computing process by machines.

Thus the stereotype that the agricultural civilization behind the invention of Suanpan is not in accordance with the modern technology is destroyed.

One can maintain the essence of such civilization, whilst at the same time embrace the modern technology.

The strength is going to be continued.

This is to memorize the success that Zhusuan–the calculating rule based upon Suanpan has been reported and accredited as the intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

This is also to memorize the insistence as to maintain the essence of such a civilization–the GOOD SIDE of it, and the confidence of promoting it to the world.

Here is to record.

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What Do You Mean by Urban Regeneration?

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Discuss about urban planning. Take Chongqing, for instance.

What do you mean by urban regeneration?


Recommended reading:

Degen, M. and Garcia, M. (2012) The Transformation of the ‘Barcelona Model’: An Analysis of Culture, Urban Regeneration and Governance, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 36/5, 1022-1038.



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