The West in the East and the East in the West

Speaking of which, just in case you thought Pakistan kept its women under wraps, check out some of the ladies photographed for Pakistan’s Daily Times. (Work safe.)

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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  2. Joe Jones says:

    This has apparently been bouncing around the net for months, and was printed in The Sun (that bastion of journalistic integrity) earlier this year. Google “dewsbury lahore” and you’ll see several online discussions about it.

    Now I am tempted to juxtapose an image from Geronimo’s in Roppongi against an image from the bento restaurant in Gainesville, Florida where all my Asian college friends went to hang out.

  3. Ahsan says:

    Love this :)

  4. Curzon says:

    True, Joe, it’s an oft-forwarded image — I got it by e-mail from a colleague — but how many of those sites will also give you a link to a news daily covering bangin’ Pakistani babes?

    And I’d love to see that Roppongi/Gainseville collage.

  5. elambend says:

    The puritans of the Mass Bay Colony weren’t exactly the most fashionable of their time (in London – Or Amsterdam).

    The pictures of Lahore show the economic winners in Pakistan, heavily dominated by the Punjabs and Sindhis. I bet those Londonites come from elsewhere. This is not to justify what I consider their backwards ways, but they have also likely found greater economic freedom in Britain. The two children at the front of the picture are wearing private school clothes, something that was probably unavailable to them in Pakistan.

    It’s not at all uncommon for immigrants to become more invested in their old identity (or a romanticized vision of it) as a reaction to their new surrounding. Just as it is common for powerful in one place to reject the traditional norms of home partially as a repudiation of the homegrown hicks.