- Feb 14: Qianmen Valentine's Day Photo Shoot, Beijing
- May 17: Rainbow In Motion Bike Ride, Beijing
- June 7-13: Pride, Shanghai
- June 14-21: Difference Gender Art Exhibition, Beijing
- June 17: Fourth Beijing International Queer Film Festival
- June 28: PFLAG China's 2nd anniversary, Guangzhou
- July 27-Aug 2: The World Outgames, Copenhagen
- August: Courage by Xiao Jie
- August: iLOOK magazine's "Happy Gay China"
- October-November : China Queer Film Talk Tour
- Nov 20-22: 3rd Annual Lala Camp, Guilin, Guanxi
- Dec 19: Gay bar opening sponsored by the government, Dali, Yunnan
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Today is Xmas Day, and it's a normal working day for most Beijingers. Offices of foreign companies are noticeably quieter, and the more generous ones give a day's holiday to their staff. Many expats have left town to go home or to some warm resort in the region. Those who stayed can celebrate Xmas in style at the various dinners put on by the 5-star hotels and restaurants, costing up to USD100+ per head.
Most Chinese however do not celebrate Xmas and will not be eating turkey or brussel sprouts today. Some of my (young) local friends just send text messages for Xmas but no cards or gifts. We did drive out last night in the windy weather to a party held by an American friend, and soon got stuck in traffic near the Third Ring Road with all the other party-goers. We sung some carols and exchanged gifts, which was fun. I got some 'fun' videos, which I can't post here, so you have to visit me in Beijing if you want to see them!
And of course now is a good time to come to Beijing since there are few tourists in the Forbidden City or on the Great Wall right now!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We stayed at a friend’s home which overlooked the bay of Simonstown, one of many picturesque bays in the region. The restored buildings of the main street contrast sharply with those in the local townships.
However, there are many not so privileged, and the huge gap between rich and poor left us feeling uncomfortable. We heard that the problem of Aids is so serious (one study estimates that 1 in 10 of S. Africans over 2 yrs old are living with HIV) that Africans especially are dying younger and in greater numbers (average life expectancy is falling fast, and is already less than 50 yrs). Even with a per capita GDP 70% higher than that of China, it made me think how lucky we all are.