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Binu and the Great Wall

Binu And The Great Wall is a wonderful myth retold in the words of Su Tong, the author of ‘Rice’.  The myth of Binu and how her tears washed away the Great Wall have been passed down through the ages. It is a tale of hardship, brutality and undying love. Su Tong’s version of the myth, brings to the reader the harshness and brutality that led to the constuction of the wall and the terrible effects it had on the common people.

13 janvier 2009 2 13 /01 /janvier /2009 01:03
Christmas has come and gone - the days fly  by and new year resolutions come and go - with many hours frittered away.

One of the luxuries that I did fritter my time on is catching up on films and soaps on the internet. It was not intentional but I soon notice that some of them had disabled characters portrayal in them. And strangely enough, they were all women..

The first is a Hong Kong series Forensic Heroes, a CSI type of series following a police investigative team which often uses forensic science to help solve the cases. One of the women inspectors injured her hand in an explosion which killed her colleague - she goes through a period in which she had doubts about her engagement to another police officer, how can she stay as a police officer if her gun holding hand is disabled? And then in one episode, there seem to be someone loose who was killing disabled people ( a wheelchair user who was a translator (?), another person who has a communication disability, both women). The focus was not on their disability although they were killed because of their impairments (the killer's child was left in a fire in preference for saving another child who was disabled), the portrayal of the disabled women were that there were taking part in society having jobs and going to the hairdressers, doing very much what non disabled people were doing,.There was no patronising or charity type attitudes.
This series can be watched through Mysoyu website



From Hong Kong to Singapore. I was drooling over the nyonya food they were showing in The Little Nyonya. This is a Singaporean epic showing the Peranakan family filmed in Malaysia's Malacca  and Singapore.  The story spans over 70 years, from the 1930s till the present day. Accordingly "The Little Nyonya" achieved extremely high ratings, with an average of 934,000 viewers during its 34-episode run, and peaking at 1.67 million viewers (33.8%) on the last episode. This series has recorded the highest viewership rating ever since 1994. It starts with Huang Juxiang who was a deaf mute due to a serious illness when she was a child. She was exceedingly beautiful, gentle and a fantastic cook. She was ostracized and bullied not just because of her disability but because of jealousy of her beauty, the fact she was the mistress's child and she was a very good cook and seamstress.

I somehow get the feeling that this Cindrella story needs Cindrella to be beautiful and has all the feminie traits. The disability is not as important as the peckingorder and women were all trapped in a gilded cage - even those who had the benefit of a Western education such as Yuzhu, the second daughter of the Huang family. She was bullied, raped and had domestic violence from her husband.

I enjoyed the filming of the food, the good looking men and women but I found the characters to be pretty much two dimensional. The pretty women are virtuous, are good cooks, can sew and have a hard time.

The portrayal of her disability is unbelievable . There was no way she could have lipped read the way she did,.




The last was a Thai film Chocolate with Jeeya Yanin. This seems to be an autistic child who grew up to be an incredible martial arts. The story is a bit weak -even weaker than Ong Bak but I do not know enough about autistism - to know how accurate the protrayal is but she is truly good to watch.

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