Jul 4 2010

Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, (usually referred to simply as Kew Gardens). More pics here

Natural wonderland … The Butterfly Lovers .. 梁山伯与祝英台?

Waterlily House

Waterlily House

Heliconia rostrata

firecracker flower

Firecracker flower is an ornamental plant, which may be refer to the Crossandra infundibuliformis of Indian Subcontinent

Zingiber spectabile .. Malaysia

Zingiber spectabile .. Malaysia

Acalypha hispida

Hibiscus storckii

Hibiscus storckii .. Hibiscus grew well in my backyard too ..

Below, at Planting Fields

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Jul 4 2010

Tianjin Girls in uniform

Training at a Tianjin Girls’ High School
Tianjin gaodeng nu xuetang da yancao 天津高等女学堂大演操

This image is an early example of a print with revolutionary themes. Five girls are being drilled with their rifles by a female instructor.
Another version in the collection shows an armed cavalry unit. In both prints, the girls wear brightly coloured outfits, flowered hats and leather boots on their small but unbound feet.
Education for girls began late in China. In the early 20th century some prints in folk-art style urged social reforms, including better education as well as social, political and military participation for girls. Several prints on this subject have been traced back to their original workshops. This example is from the Xifuxing print shop at Yangliuqing.
Yangliuqing near Tianjin, Hebei, 1920-30
Woodblock print in ink and colour on paper
Asia 1982, 1217.0.296

The British Museum

天津高等女学堂大演操


Jul 4 2010

Xiao Yin 小尹 then and now..

For the good humor I wore the same top..
The little girl is now managing a bank branch in London, after graduating from Cambridge and speaks Queens English, If that makes one feeling prestigious, so much power to them. She’s dating a smashing looking cricket player (as hobby) from Sir Lanka.
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July 4, 2010, London

Oct, 1989, New York


Jul 4 2010

The British Museum

Museums in London are free. Pretty cool .. but .. well .. the The British Museum sucks. More pix on FB; Tianjin girls in uniform

July 4, 2010

They enclosed the once opened space with this new addition .. it felt so caged in .. .. a bazaar..

lady ..