80s nostalgia

July 27th, 2007

Thanks, Micah, for finding this photo essay, and translating it. And at the bottom of Micah’s translation, he links to another piece of nostalgia. Actually, I really like that last one, some of the captions are brilliant. I won’t put the photos in this post, you can follow the link and see them yourself, but here’s a couple of examples of the captions:

那时侯围个“帕���是为了漂亮,基本上跟沙尘暴没有什么关系

At that time people wore a “kerchief” to look beautiful, by and large it had nothing to do with sandstorms.

那个时候光秃秃的墙上基本都写的�是拆字

At that time, the words written on bare walls by and large were not “demolish”.

那个时候上天安门的人民群众基本上是�能��乱挥手的

At that time the crowds going to Tiananmen by and large couldn’t wave their hands about as they pleased.

So my translation is crap as per usual, but nevertheless, I think these short, little captions capture quite well a lot of the changes in Chinese society and the environment over the last thirty-odd years. Following the link and looking at the photos will show you even more.

Anyway, very interesting photo essays. Thanks, Micah, for finding these.

2 Responses to “80s nostalgia”

  1. John Says:

    Those are a couple of fascinating links. I assume that one of the pictures in the first essay is the view from the Fragrant Hills as it was before they touristified the place.

  2. wangbo Says:

    I didn’t recognise any of the places, but you may well be right.