Monthly Archives: October 2012

Naked on a naked horse

Naked
on a naked horse
in pouring rain!

Kobayashi Issa

Illustration: Chronicling Disaster illegally in Mid-19th Japan
KANAGAKI ROBUN, Japanese author (1829-1894). Reports of Natural Disasters of the Ansei Period.

* In the week of 29 Octorber 2012, monster storm Sandy hits the coastal corridor of East USA, churning slowly inland. *

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Sunday fortune cookies

WANTED!

                                     By Anonymous*

                                                           Translated by Julie O’Yang

*Below is a small collection of fortune cookie size reads I have gathered on the Chinese language www. I have been following Chinese web writing for a while now, especially the so-called Super Flash Fic. The genre enjoys its popularity thanks to the writers such as the Japanese Hoshi Shin’ichi, who brought “the stories to carry in your pocket” to real people.  While Shin’ichi perhaps needed 3 to 4 pages to make his written behemoth alive and engaging, I’m thrilled to taste these tiny bites authored by the famous Anonymous. Hence my own title: S/he isWANTED!.

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1. If A then B

When she was 12, she asked the teacher: “Teacher, can I love him?” The teacher laughed and said: “But silly child, you have to grow up first!” 10 years later, she got married soon after she graduated from university. On the day of her wedding she received a gift sent by him from overseas.  Twenty years later, she read in the newspaper that he died of cancer. She went to his funeral together with her husband, she learned that he’d never been married. Thirty years later, she was cleaning up her house after her divorce. She found her old schoolbag, and in it she discovered a note. The regular line in his handwriting reads: I will wait till you grow up.

2. 100

“Candy?” The young man offered her a toffee held between his pianist fingers.  She took one and tasted the song in her mouth. She will never forget how to sing, she thought to herself. The next day, he offered her another candy, and then another one, and then another one… She promised herself that she’d count to 100 candies and 100 days. Then she’d tell him that in another life they were both cats. On the 99th day, the young man moved to another city. Years passed, she never heard from him again. On her XXth birthday, she got a new job and went to her office in the morning. Sitting down at her desk, she heard a familiar voice from across the desk: “Candy?”  Silently she counted 100.

3. Lost

Mother and her little son walked in the snow. It was a cold, black night in Beijing, no traffic on the road. The little son pointed to a shadow on the zebra. “Mom, why is he standing here alone?” “Oh, I guess he just forgot how to walk home,” Mother answered casually. In the dark the motionless statue suddenly stirred, his frozen shoulders quaking. Big teardrops poured out of his deep-set eye sockets.

4. Blue

Blue is a colour. Since I met you on that day, it is a feeling.

5. Miracle

He was the sole survivor of the air crash. The doctor said it was a miracle, since he didn’t even have to fix a single wound or scratch on him! In the car back home, she asked him how he did it. He grinned and said: “I had only one thought. Yeah. I thought: ‘If I died, who else would make her happy.’”

6. Buddha

When the girl broke up with her boyfriend, she cried. Buddha appeared in front of her and asked her why she was sad. “He left me,” the girl answered. “Do you still love him?” Buddha asked. “Yes, I do,” the girl nodded. “Does he still love you?” Buddha asked. The girl started weeping again. Buddha then smiled at the girl. “You know, he’s the one that should feel sad,” Buddha said, “for you’ve merely lost somebody who does not love you. But he. He has lost somebody who loves him deeply.”

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Hygene is the best wealth

The Invisible Person of China. His name is Liu Bolin (刘勃麟).

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“The world can stay as it is if enough people are found living lives worthy of human beings. Good people, that is.” The Good Woman of Setzuan, Bertolt Brecht

“Relevance of contemporary art and literary works determines how they interact to create meaning.” The vagina rules: On soup, sincerer love and creative writing, an essay, Julie O’Yang. [J O’Yang’s political disquisition soon to be published by The Book World in an anthology on Creative writing, ref. Editor Saptarshi Mallick]

*Thank you for your Facebook msg, Parameswar Das

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A tale of Lotus Lover

“There are too many lovely flowers in the world. Tao Yuan Ming in Jin Dynasty loved only chrysanthemum. People usually were interested in peony since Tang Dynasty. However, I do like lotus which is clean even being in the muddy pond. It is so pure, delicate and bright. The lotus is consistent, continue and coherent deep inside. It appears to be straight, proper and honest. It gives a fantastically good smell and people could even sense its excellent smell far away. It has no unnecessary branches. It can be only appreciated distantly but not touched blasphemously. I am convinced that the chrysanthemum is a recluse while the peony is a rich and the lotus is undoubtedly the sovereign. We seldom find someone loves chrysanthemum like Tao. Who show the enthusiasm in the lotus in the same way as I do? Then who likes peony? Almost everybody!” A Tale of Lotus Lover by Zhou Dunyi (1017 – 1073)

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Publish Unlimited

Butterfly, a novel by Julie O’Yang ~ Now available in all eBook formats, including iPad, Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners,  Baker & Taylor, eBookPie.

>>> Print copy also available on Amazon or Barns&Noble!!! Go to www.julieoyang.com to find out more and connect with me!

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Yesterday I heard the word “interracial”. What about interhuman?

Earthrise from the Space, view from the moon

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The earth song. Our Earth sings like a whale, says Nasa. Open the link to listen to the earth-song-nasa.

*A room with a view

(Thank you for sharing the Earth anthem, Jennifer Johns.)

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If the United States of America or Britain is writing a book, they don’t ask for reviewers from Africa or Asia. But when we write a book, they don’t want the book and culture. Time to rethink some old barometers and explore new angles of the world. I should clap a little louder, not for the obvious reason. This is SRB.

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Muse: a being amazing and amusing

>>>inspiration:

Noun:
  1. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative:  “flashes of inspiration”.
  2. The quality of having been so stimulated, esp. when evident in something:  “a moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display”.

(Source: Internet)

Yasmin Ahmad (7 January 1958 – 25 July 2009) was a film director, writer and scriptwriter from Malaysia and was also the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur. Her television commercials and films are well known in Malaysia for their humour, heart and love that crosses cross-cultural barriers.

Open the HD link below to watch HER:

http://youtu.be/0_f_3FiiTYk?hd=1

Yasmin Ahmad died of haemorrhaging shortly after this talk with TED audience. If someone is going to ask me what is my definition of sad news, now I know…Thank you, Jeremy Fernando, for giving me the vid. “Let people be wonderful!” We have a long way to go.

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Song of four seasons

Zhou Xuan, Chinese actress and singer. She became famous in the “1st Generation Chinese Cinema” during the Japanese occupation in 1930’s.

Song of four seasons

Wandering

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Zhou Xuan’s funeral in 1957. She died one year before The Great Leap Forward.

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Celebrating the Freedom to Read

A shamelessly original work of art that you can read legally outside China.”

Set against WWII, BUTTERFLY is a haunting love story a la Romeo and Juliet of the Orient. A love that cannot be but a love that will grow old during the most devastating war in history. Watch Trailer.

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012.

*Now on Kindle, Kobo. Title will be available soon in all eBook formats, including Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, eBookPie and many more.

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