When Worlds Collide, Vol. 1

 When Worlds Collide, Vol. 1

At a crowded little curio shop in the Xinyi district of Taipei, Taiwan (next door to the famous Lao Zhang Beef Restaurant), you can find just about every piece of Betty Boop merchandise ever made.

I choose to interpret this fraught little scene as a wary expression of Taiwan’s co-dependence on the manufacturing and export of cheap Western goods, as well as its uneasy attitude towards the lingering post-occupation influence of Japanese culture.

You, on the other hand, may choose to read this scene as a funny cartoon character from Depression-era America swathed in a polyester kimono and making “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis” eyes at Maneki Neko, the official feline of good fortune.

Whatever. Your way is good, too.


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