Jul. 18th, 2010

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Note: This week's contribution is a cross-post from Sandrine Thomas of Edwardian Promenade. Enjoy!


Dr. Yamei Kin (1864-1934) was a contradiction. The product of American-upbringing and Chinese heritage, she held the traditional values of the turn-of-the-century, but was both modern and fiercely feminist. Her parents were progressive, especially her mother, who, despite submitting to the traditional practice of foot-binding, was educated at seminary and chose her own husband. Tragedy struck when a fever epidemic swept her birthplace of Ning-po (Ningbo), leaving Yamei Kin orphaned at the age of three. She was adopted by Dr. D. B. McCartee and his wife, American missionaries who moved to Japan shortly thereafter. The McCartee’s were progressive in their own right, taking care to raise their new daughter with an awareness of her heritage.

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You may have noticed that there isn't an update for last Sunday. That will be quickly remedied with my upcoming con report for ConnectiCon and review of the Steampunk Bizarre events in Hartford this past weekend.

For those in the NYC area, my steampunk art & performance work will be featured as part of the "Crossing Boundaries" Art Show at the Leslie Lohman Gallery! See below for the stats:
Crossing Boundaries, an international multi-media art show designed to open a discourse on the relationship of LGBTQ artists to their home, family, culture, religion and nation. Crossing Boundaries is designed to break through the social barriers that limit understanding and acceptance, freedom and choice. Work reflects the artists' own society, culture, religion or nation.

This exhibit is part of the Fresh Fruits Festival.

Location & Hours:
26 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10013
(Between Grand & Canal)
Exhibition Hours:
July 20th - July 31st 12 Noon - 6pm, Tue - Sat
Closed: Sun & Mon & all major holidays

Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 20th, from 7 PM - 9 PM
I will be there, in steam gear and in-character as a "living piece of art." Dress in your best and be a living piece of art with me! Not to mention look at the 50 other artists' works on display.

Performance Night: Monday, July 26th, from 7 PM - 9 PM
I be be attending that night as well, performing in-character and out-of-character (I'm doing a stage reading of Lucretia Dearfour's work).

Hope to see you there!

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At the risk of tooting my horn a bit too much for the past couple of days, I'm announcing a little "bonus material" to add to today's update. Recently, the dear Airship Ambassador cast a line down and we chatted it up about my thoughts on steampunk, blogging, and the focus behind Beyond Victoriana.

Read part 1 of the interview here.


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