Feedback from Danwei readership

The Beijing-based photographer Jonah Kessel is a friend of mine. He also built the current website, and is a regular contributor, see for example:

Photos of northern Yunnan
Tricycle water calligraphy
What do people buy from corner stores in China?
• Series of videos on traditional Chinese musical instruments: erhu, zhongruan, pipa, Chinese drums and dizi, guzheng

I would say that the nature of our collaboration is rather obvious if looking at any of the above. If that is not enough, every page on also notes the following: “Many of the videos and images on this site are by Jonah Kessel, a photographer and filmmaker based in Beijing.” In other words, Jonah is major contributor to the site.

Anyhow, today I received the following email which made me laugh out loud. Jonah received a similar message.

From:Nomen Nescio

Dear Mr. Goldkorn,

As a closeted homosexual expat in Beijing, I just wanted to say that your relationship with Jonah M. Kessel is very inspiring. I think it’s sweet how you are always promoting him on your Danwei website. You are both an inspiration to me and other gay foreigners in China, and I hope someday I can be as brave and open about my boyfriends as you two are. Thank you!

Got to love the Internet. Mr Nomen Nescio is probably an under-employed photographer.


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Jeremy Goldkorn South African media entrepreneur who has lived in China since 1995. China, Media, Internet, Great Wall and Great FireWall, Chinese food, African music.