Movement in Work and Life
A man in clean maoist attire strolls by inquisitively. A middle-aged woman walks behind me, and looking at the camera screen displaying the video I am shooting says, keyi le, “that’ll work.” A man comes up to me and asks why foreigners like filming so much. Various people walk by bundled up with puffy eyes, clutching plastic bags of fried Muslim breakfast treats. A constant trickle of commuters on bikes and e-bikes move by.
A woman stumbles up to a fruit vendor, “what are you selling the pomellos for?”
“Three and a half kuai per jin.*” She stumbles away with a confused look on her face as he yells ok to her, “ok, three kuai! Fine!”
A tiny Pekingese obediently trots next to their owner, unconcerned with the organized chaos of the hutong in the morning.
I was recently asked to create a short video about life in China. I chose to focus on the idea of movement, as this concept can capture so much of what is going on in China today. Please view it fullscreen. I will share the unedited version with the original audio if anyone is interested. In case the embedded video above does not work, an alternate link is here.
I apologize for the incredibly sparse posting of recent, I have found myself caught up in the day-to-day.
*One kuai is equal to one Renminbi or Yuan. The word “kuai,” however, is more colloquial than the other words for money in China, similar to the word “buck” in American English, but more widespread in its use. One jin is equal to 500 grams. This word was taken from a traditional Chinese measurement that would not have corresponded with the metric system so smoothly.