Race is not black and white — and this artist’s striking portrait series is proof 

Born to parents from the West Indian island of Nevis, Canadian artist Stacey Tyrell grew up calling herself black. But her family’s heritage is also a mix of Irish, Scottish and English — identities others often overlooked because of her skin color.

Now, she has created a fantastic photo project, “Backra Bluid,” that delves into the quagmire of racial identity through a series of portraits in which Tyrell poses as white women — ostensibly representative of her ancestors — to dismantle rigid concepts of both “whiteness” and “blackness.”

The video of that surprisingly popular post of those Han Dynasty style dressed individuals in Zizhuyuan.

Sometimes you don’t know why some things you post on Tumblr become popular. They just do :)

Even though this is just a blog to tell my friends about my teaching year in China, it’s nice to see so many people follow because they’re interested in the content of your blog. Thanks, followers!


Jaguar Heritage Challenge season begins next weekend. The inaugural race of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge 2015 will be held at the Donington Historic Festival over the May bank holiday weekend. The first race of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge – run with the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) – will feature a full field of 34 Jaguars including a 1957 MK I saloon driven by 1988 Le Mans winner, Andy Wallace

more info at at http://www.hscc.org.uk/jaguar- |heritage-challenge

A sneak peak of our upcoming blanket roll. Made of 10-11 oz. Hermann Oak English bridle and solid brass studs. The weather is is getting warmer y'all, you’re going to want one of these. Head over to www.bylinesupplyco.com and sign up for our newsletter to get a discount code for when they drop. #handmade #leather #leathercraft #leathergoods #hermannoak #englishbridle #americanmade #madeinusa #madeinamerica #pnw #portland #oregon #carhartt #heritage #tradition #bylinesupplyco (at www.bylinesupplyco.com)

FRANCE, Rochefort : The replica of the French navy frigate L'Hermione, which played a key role in the American Revolution, and which will set sail on its maiden voyage to the United States is seen on the Chareente river in Rochefort, southwestern France, on April 18, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, will set sail for the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. L'Hermione will leave its mooring on the island of Aix in the west of France, navigate up the Charente river to the naval town of Rochefort to pay homage to its birthplace, and finally head back to Aix before heading West.
AFP PHOTO / XAVIER LEOTY                        


Some Han Dynasty style dressed individuals playing traditional Chinese instruments at Zizhuyuan (Purple Bamboo Park) in Beijing, China.

My friend told me that they put on these mini-performances as a form of supporting traditional Han culture (a heritage protection group). He also told me that he joined their events sometimes so he has one of these outfits too. I wish I had asked for a picture of him in his outfit (he’s cute >v<).