Jixing feels determined to protect his home (Lashihai Lake Valley) from the effects of industrialization/ globalization. Everyone else tells him, Change is inevitable, it is a necessary part of life.
J: “A tiger is shot by a hunter, and still it howls as it goes down. I was wondering, could art be the answer?”
D: “I feel that art might not the answer, but instead, may be the tiger’s howl.”
-paraphrased from a conversation between Dan, Jixing, Jee-shaun, Andy, and Shaina, on Naxi cultural homogenization and the destruction of natural resources
"The people in both these places call themselves Na people (Naxi in Lijiang and Na in Yongning), the meaning of na, which is to some degree disputed, quite possibly being ‘black’ as well as ‘great.’”
-p.9, Naxi and Mosu Ethnography (Introduction by Elizabeth Hsu)
One of the old men at the Senior Center had this portable radio that he fixed up to look like an insane camera.
It had its top ripped off, all these little things glued onto it like pink sequins, rhinestones, plastic teeth positioned like horns, a wrist-watch cover as the “camera lens” and a zip-tie as the “focus dial,” and if you look inside the lens you see a toy alien’s head.