The Pig Factory – 2006

The Pig Factory – 2006

The Pig Factory 2006 – Colette HosmerLi Wen’s “contact” met us outside the gate of the Pig Factory. He said something to the guard, which I later learned was, “This woman is going to buy a lot of meat.” The guard waved us through.  We walked around the side of a...
Professionals – 2006

Professionals – 2006

Professionals 2006 – Colette Hosmer I detour to meet the old man who is rushing to head me off – scuffing his shoes on the granite path with each short step. His white chin whiskers are sparse enough to count, and he appears bowed under the weight of his layered...
Notes From The Marathon Man – 2006

Notes From The Marathon Man – 2006

Notes From The Marathon Man 2006 – Colette Hosmer A red inflated arch spans the walking path that runs alongside the beach park near my apartment. Huge speakers blast march music.  An announcer shouts into a microphone as each sweat-drenched runner, numbered...
EELS Xiamen, China  2006

EELS Xiamen, China 2006

EELS Xiamen, China 2006 – Colette Hosmer I enter the big local market through a narrow alleyway lined with peddlers, selling everything the sea and earth can locally provide.  Tomorrow is Spring Festival (Chinese Lunar New Year) and the market is teeming with...
Pig to Market – 2006

Pig to Market – 2006

Pig To Market 2006 – Colette Hosmerwake to an urgent knock, “Hurry”, Li Wen says in a forceful whisper, his face close to the door, “we sleep late, market boy come for us!”  As planned, “market boy”, the young man from the...
Bus to Porcelain Town – 2006

Bus to Porcelain Town – 2006

Bus to Porcelain Town 2006 – Colette HosmerThe morning was heavy, dark and waterlogged. I suggested we buy extra bottled water for the five-hour bus ride into the mountains.  “Not good,” Li Wen cautioned, “For instance, too much water and pee pee pee.”  My...