After years in China it was safe to say I stopped noticing a lot of things.  Events that had once been amazing no longer held my attention.  They became commonplace.  The images that filled my catalog changed drastically from year to year as things became “less interesting.”

There was one constant, however: XiangQi, or Chinese chess.  I have hundreds of images of XiangQi alone.  The beauty of it is that there is no way to separate the game from the social and cultural elements surrounding it.  Only two players actually play the game, but the casual observer probably wouldn’t realize this.  Input is given by all bystanders despite experience level.  Most decisions are made via committee.  Talking about the game seems more important that actually playing it.

Very few other events can reveal more about Chinese culture than XiangQi.