I just finished reading China Underground by Zachary Mexico, an American musician, bar owner, who studied Chinese and spent a few years in China. The book chronicles the wild and crazier side of China. It's easy to read -- each essay is very short, usually describes the life of a Chinese and their "adventures." One of them is about the punk rock scene in Wuhan, China, and another one about prostitution in China.
I confess I was a bit envious of the author after reading the book. It's like, dammit, I could've written the book too, if I were a little bit more talented in writing and if I were a cool white punk kid... for some reason, I don't think a Chinese chick writing it would be as well received... maybe I should adopt a pseudonym like Cat Venezuela... and write about all the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll I witnessed in China... Here are a few wild tales for your reading pleasure:
Amazon Women and Woman with a Pompom: I was at a fancy bar at one of the fanciest hotels in Beijing. I was sipping on a martini when two nicely dressed Italian gentlemen in their 50s sat next to our lounge pad. They themselves were not too amusing, but they were followed by two young Chinese women who stood well over 6 feet tall! Hmmm. At first I thought the women were gold diggers, but alas, after a while, it turned out they were models discussing business opportunities... interestingly they were later on joined by another fashionably dressed Chinese woman in her early 20s. And curiously, she was wearing a headband with a tennis ball sized pompom smacked on top... So imagine the picture, two Italian gentlemen, two Amazon Chinese women and a Chinese woman with a pompom on her head... you see weird things like this in China all the time.
Alright, enough for tonight... maybe I'll chronicle my visit to a "Karoake" bar next time...