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For Your Reading Pleasure: Self-Health (Ziwo Baojian) Information in 1990s Beijing

For Your Reading Pleasure: Self-Health (Ziwo Baojian) Information in 1990s Beijing positions 9:1 Spring 2001 diseases. Though both men were careful not to display the book’s cover, and thus its title, to me, the topic was not hard to discern. Page after page of color photographs exhibited horrifying skin conditions afflicting both male and female genitals. I too wanted to look at this book, for scholarly reasons of course. But they had the only two copies, and in the end I could not outwait them; when I left with my stack of health books, they were still there, fending off all browsers and intently poring over the lurid color plates in their book. This is one of the few times I have witnessed someone in the act of reading popular health literature. Of course I wondered why these two men were reading this book in that way. Anthropologists are supposed to be able to ask people why they do things. When we do, and when people will talk to us, we tend to privilege the answers we get as if they were the authentic voice of the people. But in this situation, had I asked, even had I known these two men and established some form of (anthropologically fabled) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

For Your Reading Pleasure: Self-Health (Ziwo Baojian) Information in 1990s Beijing

positions asia critique , Volume 9 (1) – Mar 1, 2001

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2001 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
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10.1215/10679847-9-1-105
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positions 9:1 Spring 2001 diseases. Though both men were careful not to display the book’s cover, and thus its title, to me, the topic was not hard to discern. Page after page of color photographs exhibited horrifying skin conditions afflicting both male and female genitals. I too wanted to look at this book, for scholarly reasons of course. But they had the only two copies, and in the end I could not outwait them; when I left with my stack of health books, they were still there, fending off all browsers and intently poring over the lurid color plates in their book. This is one of the few times I have witnessed someone in the act of reading popular health literature. Of course I wondered why these two men were reading this book in that way. Anthropologists are supposed to be able to ask people why they do things. When we do, and when people will talk to us, we tend to privilege the answers we get as if they were the authentic voice of the people. But in this situation, had I asked, even had I known these two men and established some form of (anthropologically fabled)

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Published: Mar 1, 2001

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