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Episode 44 - Ancient Chinese Porn (And Other Antiques)

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Published on May 6, 2011

May 5. Hello there! We are here in an antique market in Shanghai with more friends from my hostel. Watch me explore and look at statues, posters, sculptures, and even ancient porn. It really takes a discerning eye to find good items, because up to 90% of the goods in these shops are inauthentic/manufactured.

Here is an interesting essay dealing with this 'authenticity problem': Michael Kelleher, 'Images of the Past: Historical Authenticity and Inauthenticity from Disney to Times Square,' http://www.cr.nps.gov/crdi/publicatio...
And Walter Benjamin's essay 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction': http://anthropology.uwo.ca/stchristia...

Here is my travel blog for traveling in China: http://lostinmybackpack.wordpress.com/
('catching up' updates coming soon!)

My travel pics are at http://s94.photobucket.com/home/TheSe...

Both of these are kind of rough and untidy (unsorted) because outside websites are slow in China and I don't have time to sit in front of a computer all day.

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