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Interesting Kunming photos

June 11, 2008 – 5:18 am

Some photos from Kunming are still left and I want to share them with You. Here are some odd ones….

squirrel

A squirrel near Yunnan Normal University. There was a whole group of squirrels, but getting them all on one picture was an impossible task.

caterpillar

When I was at the Kunming outdoor festival, at a building nearby I saw this caterpillar.

strange telecomunication wire

In Kunming things are often on the more improvised side. Here we have tape and wires. But, yes, it does work.

For the upcoming weekend I have marked some places on the map to visit, but not yet decided where to go. Only 2 days weekend is just too short. I really need to explore this city, which has so much more to offer, compared to Kunming.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Interesting Kunming photos”

  2. I came across your blog while researching a documentary film I’m developing. I’m a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY — if you want to check out my work, you can visit (www.grannyd.com, http://www.marloporas.com). I’m partnering with Yu Ying Wu Chou on this project, she edited the PBS/Frontline series Country Boys (www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/countryboys/).

    We’re documentary portraitists – we craft intimate portriats of women over time. For the past few months we’ve been researching a new film about young urban women in China. We made our first research trip to Beijing in March and will return to China in September, this time we’ll visit Kunming as well (which is how/why i came across your blog).

    So much has been written/researched about the one child generation, particularly about the “Little Emperors,” but we’re most interested in the new opportunities and realities for young women in China. We find the story of the women of the one child generation to be pretty fascinating – they’re the first generation of girls in Chinese history to be the sole focus of not just their parents but their extended family’s life – with all the parents attention and future prospects resting on these girls shoulders. It engenders a different sense of self and of possibility, even if parents are ambivalent about having a girl.

    We’re eager to meet single young woman roughly between the ages of 23-32 who might fit the bill as a documentary subject. We plan to make an intimate portrait of a young woman over the course of one to two years, making aprox 4-5 trips per year, each trip lasting 1-2 weeks. We’d like to craft a full portrait of the woman’s life – as full as is possible – including her friends, family, and workplace. The film would mainly consist of the reality of her everyday life, augmented with interviews — so we’d be filming her as flies on the wall during her everyday life.

    The film would detail the complicated reality of life for young urban women — the excitement of the manifold possibilities for them, the hard reality many of them face in terms of having to support their parents or in terms of struggling to figure themselves and their own futures out — so we can give Americans a much richer portrait of the growing middle class than anything they’ve seen.

    The most important qualities we’re looking for are charisma, comfort in front of the camera, openness, and good self-awareness. We’re totally flexible as far as interests/background. Our goal on the next trip is to meet as many women as possible, the more the better.

    All this is an extremely long introduction! I hope that the project piquest your interest. I’m trying to reach out through the internet to people who live or have lived in Kunming in an attempt to make contacts there for the film. If you have any recommendations of people we should contact there, we’d be incredibly grateful — either for women who might be potential subjects for the film, or for people who might be able to introduce us to women. Beijing is a great town, but I lived in SE Asia for a few years and I’m eager to visit Kunming, particularly because of the city’s ethnic diversity – we think it could add a fascinating dimension to the film.

    All my best,
    Marlo Poras

    marloporas@aol.com

    By Marlo Poras on Jun 17, 2008

  3. Hello Marlo

    That was quite a long comment, You put a lot of effort in it and I checked Your website. It seems like You have a legit interest in meeting woman in Kunming.

    I understand, You would prefer some real contacts, however I just know You from the internet. I feel that giving a contact-address or phone number to anyone I haven’t met in person is not what I should do. So, no, i cannot send You any contact.

    Still there is something I can offer to You, recently I have written an article:
    How to meet Kunming women.

    If You also want to include professional women You might check the area around the northern train station. However in almost all party places Prostitutes can be found. Also in hotels. It’s probably hard to find a hotel without professionals in Kunming.

    Milkers, that means women who meet foreigners for milking their English skills, as well milking the foreigners for their English skills, have an interesting life there and might just be what kind of girls You are looking for. They make these efforts in oder to get a better English skill and get a real job, hopefully in an international company. Good places to start finding this kind of woman might be in one of the English corners (for example nearby Green Lake), the Uprock Bar or the Hump Bar. Wen Lin Jie might also be an interesting place for You. Generally Milkers are very open, as they are already used to Westerners.

    I wish You good luck with Your documentary. While You interview the Ladies, don’t forget to take notes ;)

    By Hendrik on Jun 18, 2008

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