Archives for the month of: May, 2015

1 (2)Don’t tell a woman she’s pretty; tell her there’s no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you. ~ Jules Renard


To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

An ethnic Miao woman in Shidong at Sisters Festival, a popular celebration held every Spring throughout Qiandongnan Prefecture in Guizhou Province. The Miao/Hmong are a composite group of several heterogenous peoples in Guizhou, Hunan, Yunnan, and other areas that were compiled together and formally granted minority status by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. According to scholar Nicholas Tapp, “radical differences” in language, culture, religion, and other group characteristics were “simply blanketed out” by China’s ethnic classification project. Despite claiming to intend to right past wrongs and eliminate other forms of prejudice, it seems like China’s ethnic taxonomy was more to ensure territorial control than intra-ethnic equality.

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. / Glücklich allein ist die Seele, die liebt. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Portrait of an Akha woman at a wedding celebration in her village outside Kengtung in the eastern Shan State, Myanmar. Residents live mostly in a present day “Zomia” (isolated areas beyond the reach of the state) with limited access to government services. They retain a holistic notion of collective identity and many unique cultural customs. Amongst other markers of change, a bottle of Coca-Cola Classic sat on a table in the middle of the dance floor to satisfy 21st century wedding-goer’s thirst and traditional headdresses were decorated with old silver coins from when Myanmar was a colonial territory of Britain.

In diversity there is beauty. And there is strength. ~ Maya Angelou

Akha women perform a spirited and poetic circular dance to a traditional tale sung by an elder at a wedding celebration on the second floor of a village home. Akha are a highland Tibeto-Burman speaking people who compensate for their lack of a system of writing with a very rich oral tradition.

50h Tibetan Dress 5 (2)A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. ~ Coco Chanel

tashkurghan (2)The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you. ~ Rumi

Tibetan Dress 3The body is a sacred garment. ~ Martha Graham

You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes. ~ Tom Wolfe

12-kangba-headress-2-curiousityI have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~ Albert Einstein

Kargil shoe vendorLet your capital be simplicity and contentment. ~ Henry David Thoreau

3b Making jianbing - a Chinese egg & scallion crepePleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. ~ Aristotle