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Most people in this little village between Changsha and Shaoshan went out to have a curious look as we stopped to have lunch with our buss full of 30+ Scandinavian students from Shanghai's Fudan university.
We went to Hunan with a relatively tight program to see Mao Zedong's birthplace, talk with local political leaders and university students and teachers in Changsha, a small village committιe and local farmers.
Even though as a traveller you sometimes get exhausted by the constant attention, the meeting between different peoples are always interesting and to be curious is not a sign of any bad intention - simply a human condition. I guess that's why we take pictures and post them here at TE in the first place...
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Worth noting here is perhaps the gender separation that is part of daily life especially in rural China. When you take pictures of Chinese you will often see a group of men or women hanging out with each other separately. I noticed during my fieldwork among young men in Shanghai, that there is a lot more physical interaction between men internally than between men and women. For a Scandinavian, who demands quite a large physical space around him, it was sometimes surprising that other men hold hand, have the arm around each other's shoulder, etc., when they at the smae time expose an outspoken dismay and even discrimination against homosexuals.

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