L'origine du monde

Gustave Coubert’s famous painting “L’Origine du monde” (“The Origin of the World”) shows the genitals of a naked woman. Performance artist Deborah de Robertis provides the visitors of the Musée d’Orsay with the oportunity to see how realistic the artwork is.

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This looks pretty cool.

I hope

that there will be a time, where each June 4th, the Chinese leaders will gather together with the Chinese people around a memorial site at Tiananmen Square, commemorating the victims of injustice.

And I hope it won’t take another twenty years.

What's really important

I passed my first exam today. But it means more to me that I could read and sing some Chinese songs at KTV this evening.

Foam

No electricity in the middle of a Skype call. Maybe because of the foaming over washing machine. Always the same when washing the bright clothes. No problems with the dark ones. 房东明珠 is not so happy and told me about the different spoon sizes trying to convince me that I better don’t use any detergent.

R. Pausch

On May 18, 2008, Randy Pausch spoke to the graduates of Carnegie Mellon:

The professor, famous for his Last Lecture, died on July 25, 2008.

Be honest

Wikipedia knows:

The Ba rong ba chi (Eight Honors and Eight Shames) (Simplified Chinese: 八荣八耻 Traditional Chinese: 八榮八恥 Pinyin: bā róng bā chĭ), officially the Core Value System or the Eight Honors and Disgraces, is a set of moral concepts developed by current President Hu Jintao for the citizens in modern-day China.

Namely (emphasis added):

  • Love the country; do it no harm.
  • Serve the people; never betray them.
  • Follow science; discard superstition.
  • Be diligent; not indolent.
  • Be united, help each other; make no gains at other’s expense.
  • Be honest and trustworthy; do not sacrifice ethics for profit.
  • Be disciplined and law-abiding; not chaotic and lawless.
  • Live plainly, work hard; do not wallow in luxuries and pleasures.

So what does that mean? Obviously not that you should tell the truth. Faked fireworks, a faked singing girl and now 55 faked children. They were said to represent the different ethnic groups inside the country but in fact were all Han.

A Chinese friend suggests that the organizers might not have found beautiful children in the ethnic groups. Let’s check Wikipedia again (emphasis added):

Besides the majority Han Chinese, China recognizes 55 other “nationalities” or ethnic groups, numbering approximately 105 million persons, mostly concentrated in the northwest, north, northeast, south, and southwest but with some in central interior areas.

So no beautiful children in 105 million persons? I admit that it might not be the easiest task to find the 3000 Lhoba, the “smallest officially recognized ethnic group in China”. But then be honest and don’t call it:

Fifty-six children from 56 Chinese ethnic groups cluster around the Chinese national flag, representing the 56 ethnic groups.

The woman's advice

Find a Chinese girl because the children will be more beautiful…

Two animals, a city and no end in sight

Markenblog and China-Guide pointed out this funny video about Chinese using English names:

It’s really like that. I had the pleasure to meet some interestingly named people as well. Eagle, Success and a friend’s facebook friend is called Ente, German for Duck. And do you know Bayreuth?

Bayreuth

Or this waitress at a café:

Oscar

Labor day, work on Sunday

Because of Labor Day on Thursday Tongji moved the classes from Friday to Sunday giving us three days off. The downside is that we have to go to school on Sunday. At first I thought it was a joke but it’s obviously not.

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Watch the video here.

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Lamp

The only thing I bought. Very useful. And only 32 Yuan (+ 2,90 Yuan for the bulb).

Hongkou night

Women Hospital

Women Hospital

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

My barber’s. We think the sign says they will reopen on April 30th.

Hongkou

As usual: We know many characters but have no clue about their meaning in combination.

Hongkou

My street.

Hongkou

The house on the other side.

Just a little bit

Chinese restaurant

My vegetarian food didn’t even comply with the Chinese definition as I could spot the meat easily. The waitress said it’s just “a little bit” but they finally cooked the dish again.

Chinese restaurant

Mifan. I could eat tons. And I begin to understand why Chinese like it that much.

Chinese restaurant

Waitresses standing around. As all Chinese restaurants this one also had personnel en masse.

Just around the corner

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

Old and new. The World Financial Center.

Hongkou
Hongkou

I think my house is the second one on the right. (Update: Ok, it’s not.)

How to become a movie star

Hi,

I think I forget something. Some of my friends are major in director (making films) and they need a foreign actor.I think you are the best for the role!Are you willing to come and help them with the short film?

 

A: One day a foreigner received a postcard from his friend and told him to find some treasure in the old cinemas
So he visited these cinemas and know many different stories but didn’t find any treasure, finally he found the really treasure was this trip
B: but you don’t tell me that I am that foreigner, right?
I just play someone who says “hello” or something and that’s it
A: of cours ure the foreigner
B: aaaaaah
but I am a very, very, very bad actor
A: They’ll tell you how to act, take it easy

[…]

A: actually it will be on the TV
B: whaaaat?
which tv?
tongji=
?
shanghai?
china?
aaaaaah
A: Shanghai Educational Channel
B: na halleluja

I’m B…

Sports brands

People's Square

Nike

Nanjing Road

Sprite

Nanjing Road

Li Ning: Nike logo with Adidas slogan (“Impossible is nothing”).

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road

A Chinese friend said most tourists take a picture of this plate. I’m not a tourist but hey: Just do it. ;-)

Shanghai library

Shanghai Library

China’s largest public library.

Shanghai Library
Shanghai Library
Shanghai Library

Confucius

Shanghai Library
Shanghai Library

The biggest fear of Chinese organizations: Climbers.

Shanghai Library

The “Rechtshandbuch für Erzieherinnen” (”law guide for educators”) should be part of every well-assorted library. ;-)

Shanghai Library

Xuhui

Luwan
Luwan

I’ve never thought these gray trees could ever get green.

Luwan
Luwan
Luwan
Luwan

Soldier in front of the U.S. Consulate General.

Luwan

Small house with large garden.

Luwan

I didn’t know that we were in the street of bonbon. It’ll take more time to get to know the city.

Luwan

In Heping Park, again

Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park

No idea what the man’s doing there. He was holding on to the shrub in a weird position without moving.

Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park

My bike outside.

Down the road

Huangpu

A church at People’s Square

Huangpu
Huangpu
Huangpu
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road

At first we didn’t know where the music came from. Then we looked up. We were under the balcony, he was above us.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road
Notice the dancing men.

Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road

Curry rice

Five times curry rice in one week…

yoshinoya
yoshinoya
yoshinoya
yoshinoya
yoshinoya
Rice Boss
Rice Boss

German flag in China

Rice Boss
Curry Rice

Finding flashcards

Finally:

Stationary
Stationary

A picture is worth a thousand words. And particularly useful if you don’t know these words. ;-)

Flashcards

Getting my hair cut

With a picture of me after I had gotten my hair cut in Germany, I finally went to the barber’s. Usually it only takes about ten to fifteen minutes but this time I spent almost an hour there. For 38 Yuan (about 3,60 Euro) I got my hair washed, a head massage and a haircut.

Barbers

Then the barber (r.) wanted the washing guy to take a picture of him and me and I took one of them.

Barbers

I got the hair wash and the massage on the front chair on the left but had to go to the back to wash out the shampoo.

Barbers

The lights were already turned off when I left around midnight but when they realized that I’m taking a picture they turned them on again:

Barbers