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05 March 2012 @ 11:00 am
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-A rather lovely review of Servant of the Underworld by Keith Harvey, discussing its relation to the cozy mystery (anything that compares Brother Cadfael with Acatl is awesome, check it out!)

-The evolution of Vietnamese clothing, via lilsuika and Jhameia (amazing to see all the different styles together like this).

-China Miéville on racism and the Belgian decision to publish Tintin in Congo without acknowledging its racist clichés. For the record, Tintin was also a part of my childhood. I have very fond memories of some of the BDs in the series (mainly the later ones), but I don’t think they’re books I could enjoy today, and I’m not really sure they’re books I’d hand to my children. Every single nationality around the globe basically got skewered in a racist fashion (including but not limited to Africans, Arabs, Asians, Gypsies–you name it, he skewered it), and it’s very much boys’ adventures–wimmen need not apply. There are other BDs from my childhood that are far, far better than those.
Also, this quote?

there is a distinction between having the legal right to say something & having the moral right not to be held accountable for what you say

Smartest quote about freedom of speech, ever.

-The New York Times on Explaining Londoners. Definitely worth a laugh. I would like to point out that although the French do greet each other by kissing cheeks, we only do the one-on-each-cheek in Paris (every area of France basically has its own idea of how many kisses you should give)

-Fellow VDer Stephen Gaskell has started a new blog, Creepy Treehouse, aimed at educating the young-ish crowd better than dry school lectures. He’s running a series of posts on how to survive the apocalypse that are rather fab.

Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard

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barry_king: Flying Jain Airbarry_king on March 5th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
The first in the series on evolving Viet dress reminds me very much of current Meo/Hmong clothing. I'd be interesting to see if there was also a lingual split, or in what way the Dong Son culture influenced and/or mixed with highland culture. Have you looked into that at all?

Here's a photo for comparison: http://www.featurepics.com/online/Hmong-Hilltribe-Girls-1194048.aspx
Aliette de Bodardaliettedb on March 5th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised--if you look at lilsuika's notes below, she says that the Dong Son culture one was based on the ethnic tribes of Vietnam, so the resemblance is deliberate, I suspect..
(we know very little about Dong Son culture, so it's really hard to have an idea of what colours and fabrics of clothes they'd have used, and I think that's what happened here, the artist made a choice for rendering details as best as she could. To be honest, what I know about Dong Song culture is encompassed in very few words: they lived a long time ago, made bronzes, and that's about it. It's kind of Vietnam's prehistory...)
barry_king: 8.5barry_king on March 5th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
Ah, that kind of makes sense. It's more the reverse, that the current native dress inspired the artist's rendition of the ancient.

It kind of reminds me of how one of the investigators of the great pyramids at Giza stumbled upon this perfect relationship between pi and the ratio of the base to the side. Until they realized that the base was measured out by rolling a cubit-wide wheel along the ground x number of rotations.
Aliette de Bodardaliettedb on March 9th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Poor investigators. It's a classic mistake, though--making your reasoning run the wrong way. Wrecked more than a few researchers...