May 11, 2010

Faces of Women in Xiamen


This lady is selling fruits opposite the Overseas Chinese Museum in Xiamen. She continues to use the Chen (or daching) with great skill. When I was young any woman using the Chen was considered very capable or skilful. Most women shied away from calculations especially mental arithmetic. But today we have these women who can do mental sums very quickly. I suppose Xiamen is near South East Asia so tropical fruits are commonly sold here.



The first time for me : small Li or Li zi. I would like some more please!!


Two young ladies making Sushi....No Chinese in 1937 would think of eating sushi....but today everything has changed and we are so open minded.



She is from one of the minority races and is thinking of busying some sushi. I talked to her as she looks so Sarawakian. She speaks Mandarin like any other Chinese.


Three older ladies enjoying an early spring evening. Note the knitting lady on the extreme right. This is a long pedestrian mall. I enjoyed walking here from one end to the other.


"Come buy king of fruits!!" shouts this fruit seller.



Pensive lady...she might be missing her children.....

10 comments:

Sunflower said...

Are those buah nangka?

Homegrown or imported? Never know they can grow jackfruits in Xiamen, China.

wenn said...

people r unique!

Puan Isah said...

By looking at your pictures, I have these impressions of those women, I think they are very hardworking people, tough & diligent. When old they know how to balance life, relax, have friends and stay healthy.
I hope I am correct :)

btw, those fruits looks so fresh & pineapples are my favorite!

Ann said...

They have jack fruits too?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Sunflower
Jackfruit/buah nangka are called King of Fruits in Chinese in Xiamen. I think they come from Thailand. It is a delicacy in Xiamen. And many of my Chinese friends love it...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Wenn
I love taking photos of women...and they are certainly unique. But a few refuse to be photographed...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Isah
The women in China are very hardworking and they have energy to do all sorts of things..They have one driven goal - to have a comfortable old life...so they work hard when they are young...like the proverbial Ant...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Ann

they have jackfruits...yes...and love it...

The green ones are little li zi...or small pears..but they are more like peaches.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cikgu

Hope one day I can join you to go to Xiamen....then I can impress my Chinese relatives.

K

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Kamaliah

thanks....will certainly do...April or Nov would be good times to visit Fujian...cool weather.cheers to you and your family.