mjj (flemmings) wrote,
mjj
flemmings

Plain pleasures

I'm not Singaporean; I have no strong feelings one way or the other about Uncle Lee and the effect of his policies (any more, I'm sure, than my LRD friends have an opinion about Pierre Elliot Trudeau.) But it occurs to me that I owe the man for one very distinct pleasure. For the first time in my fifteen years of fandom I'm able to fangirl a series with a group of friends, rather than one or at best two, who are intelligent and insightful (ie not unthinking pretty bishie fen) and who understand the source better than I do.

The last is rare, so rare. Because as it's gone, if they understand the source better than I do, they either can't talk to me or don't want to; and if we can talk, we're at cultural cross-purposes because I analyze and they squee; and if we're from the same culture, *I* suddenly become the authority because I read the original and they read the translation, and I know more of the country and culture than they do, but it's still a case of the one-eyed leading the blind. And if we have the same qualifications, language and experience-wise, it's only the two of us dialoguing and where is everyone else? mournful sigh

My present fannish contentment is thus brought about by the fact that Singapore conducts its education system in English. Thank you, Uncle Lee.

(Yes, it owes some to me finally getting into a Chinese-based fandom. I can only mourn that in my day no one thought Chinese a proper subject to teach grade schoolers, however differently they may think now.)
Tags: fandom, woxin
Subscribe

  • Happy new year, says Eeyore

    2013 was generally better than 2012 which was infinitely better than 2011 which was arguably better than 2010. 2013 still wasn't outstandingly good…

  • Time travel

    Christmas season is bad enough for scrambling the time sense. But having two days off smack in the middle of the week, which we haven't done in…

  • (sings) You warm up my life...

    I'm not a fan of the strollers they make for little babies. They're basically frames for holding hard-edged baby car seats: they're heavy and…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 17 comments

  • Happy new year, says Eeyore

    2013 was generally better than 2012 which was infinitely better than 2011 which was arguably better than 2010. 2013 still wasn't outstandingly good…

  • Time travel

    Christmas season is bad enough for scrambling the time sense. But having two days off smack in the middle of the week, which we haven't done in…

  • (sings) You warm up my life...

    I'm not a fan of the strollers they make for little babies. They're basically frames for holding hard-edged baby car seats: they're heavy and…