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women ... and the fish/aquatic plant hobby
at least in my local aquarium club, the overwhelming majority of members are
men. then when i got to my houseplant clubs, the overwhelming majority are
women, including many LOLs...
since you are in singapore, you know what gamelan is. i used to play with a
central javanese gamelan group here in nyc. the leaders of our group were
american women, some of which had travelled to indonesia to learn this music.
we went to yogyakarta in 97 to play at a festival. the indonesian gamelan
players were all-male. the only women playing gamelan at the festival were
foreigners (westerners). our group was led by a woman playing the kendang
(drum -- i.e., conducting), something that you never see an indonesian woman
do. women there usually join gamelan troupes only as singers. traditionally
there are no women dalangs (master puppeteers) either, but there was one
australian woman there trying to learn this art.
tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA
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