cheongsams

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A while ago I was asked about the construction of the Vietnamese Ao Dai and Chinese Cheongsam/Qipao. I had a few dresses at my disposal and figured it would be fun to do a compare and contrast. Due to the small collection, I was only able to photograph a few samples (all tailored circa 2000s, except one I’m sure…). This basically just covers the “classic” tailoring styles of Ao Dai and Cheongsam/Qipao. The latest trends may not adhere to it!

NOTE: For simplicity’s sake, I primarily used the word Cheongsam (Cantonese) instead of Qípáo (Mandarin) because its wider use as an English loanword.

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Traditional clothes for Chinese girls, hanfu and qipao. I label names of different type hanfu and try to choose youthful models as possible as I can because of the theme. Since I can only upload this much, I omit some other types of hanfu. Hope you enjoy these photos, they come from hanfu posts on tumblr except the qipao part. If you are interested, see more hanfu types here.

god plays dice / billy kaplan (wiccan) / by aud koch

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I really really like Billy Kaplan, but it’s more that i like what Marvel could be doing with his character than what they’re actually doing.  — because it feels like Marvel doesn’t have a damn clue what to do with him, most especially when it comes to his powers (but also when it comes to his family situation).  Is he this powerful being capable of warping the fabric of reality or is he this dumb kid who can’t get away from a gun to the head and can’t use his powers if he can’t hear his own voice?  (Like, seriously, WTF?)  It’s like no one knows for sure what he can or can’t do, and so the different writers create different arbitrary limits for his powers that don’t make any sense and aren’t compatible.

It’s really. frustrating. to me, because i think there’s an incredibly cool and incredibly easy explanation of his powers that they could go with:  all that Billy does is manipulate the rules of probability in (Quantum) Physics.

Right?  Okay, because what Quantum Physics tells us is that pretty much anything is possible — it’s just not terribly probable.  It’s entirely possible that every single atom on Earth will spontaneously disappear and reappear somewhere else in the universe, and it is possible to travel at superluminal speeds, and it’s possible that the entire universe will suddenly collapse into a massive black hole.  Possible, not probable. 

But if Billy had the power to see & tweak these probabilities — the ability to manipulate the essence of matter —, he could cause all sorts of weird-ass stuff to happen, and you can bet that there would be an insane learning curve for that sort of thing.  (Plus, it would explain the electricity thing because i bet manipulating electromagnetism — which is pretty much just the movement of electrons — would be a lot easier than manipulating other aspects of physics that deal with protons and neutrons and muons etc. etc.)

Anyway, that’s my idea for Billy’s powers, and i’m sticking with it.

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Chinese Humiliation Parade, May 10, 1938. New York City. Photographer: Peter Stackpole for LIFE Magazine.

Twelve thousand Chinese Americans from all parts of New York City, Newark, Jersey City, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Washington D.C. closed their laundries and other businesses to take part in one of the largest demonstrations staged in the USA, observation China’s ‘National Humiliation Day,’ on which to pause and recall Japan’s humiliating Twenty-One Demands on China of May 9, 1915. They marched from Mott Street in Chinatown through lower Manhattan. 

A group of a hundred smiling young Chinese women in cheongsam carried a 45 x 75-feet Nationalist Chinese flag. It was reported that although no appeal was made for funds, spectators threw coins and even dollar bills onto the flag, and this appears to have been the prototype for future fundraising parades in Chinese American communities.

More info:  Kevin Scott Wong's Americans First: Chinese Americans and the Second World War (2009)

Source: LIFE Magazine- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10