Nov 16, 2006

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No one speaks english in Beijing. I really liked that about the place. It's almost too easy to get around europe these days. Yun and I took a bus from the airport which dumped us in the middle of nowhere. No one on the street could help us get to our hotel. Blank stares from everyone, cabdrivers, cyclos. Finally we hit on someone who pointed us in the right direction. When we would leave our hotel there was someone there to translate to the driver where we wanted to go. Then for our return to the hotel we had a card with directions in chinese for the cabbie. So we really didn't have a problem getting around. Because Yun is korean, people were always trying to speak to her in chinese. She would say she doesn't speak chinese. People seemed to always be upset with her as if she could speak their language. They seemed to feel she was a chinese american snob or something. We could never quite figure it out. We had a ball regardless.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tommy Kane, I just love reading about the adventures of you and Yun. I greatly admire that you can draw so much detail in your sketches, yet you don't seem to get lost in the tangle of it all!

Tommy Kane said...

it only takes practice and the ability to withstand pain.

Anonymous said...

So you do experience the tangle of all the detail, you just push through it and sort it out. I start drawing from life and I get completely overtaken by the amount of stuff going on. You know, I don't even believe that Robert Crumb was able to sort through it all, I believe he used to take a picture to piece together all the details. Not bad hey, being compared to Crumb! :)

Tommy Kane said...

I hear crumb mentioned alot to what I do. I can't hold a candle to him but it gives me something to aim for. The pain i was talking about is the amount of effort it does take to get in what I see. I've trained myself not to be overcome by all the stuff in a scene. It was no easy task drawing the people on bicycles because they were moving so quick. I would drawi a little from each rider that went by.

Anonymous said...

Tommy, i also love reading about your travels and actually whatever you write. it adds so much more to the work. Keep it coming!

Yun said...

i've just invited tom on a trip to paris, and if he agrees, you'll see soon tom's work from paris!

Tommy Kane said...

I'm working on it.

martha said...

I like all of your drawings but this is one of my favorites. Love the moving people, and the canopy of trees above.