Sunday, July 23, 2006

40 winks



Begging? Homeless? Distressed? No, they are just having a quick nap.
opportunistic napping is a common thing to see in China and while we may all like a nap how often do you choose to nap at the side of a road? This is a great illustration of the blur between private and public spaces in China. In part this is due to how crowded and communal Chinese homes often are. When space or peace isn't offered at home life tends to spill out into public spaces. Want some time with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Find a park. Want a nap? Help yourself to a pavement before work starts. Want to practice your trumpet playing or Chinese opera singing? Go down to the street. Private, demarcated space is a luxury that comes with a certain standard of living, if below that you do what you gotta do wherever you can find the space to do it.

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