Drag Queen Jolene De Palma Makes Her Big Debut

drag chinaThe art of drag predates recorded history. One can imagine primitive cave gays slipping on their finest lady animal pelts, sipping cave cosmos and lip-synching along to Madonna (who also predates recorded history) while their counterparts whooped and tossed them clamshells or beads or whatever passed for tips back then. Cross-dressing is no new phenomenon in China either, with men often donning womenswear for performances in Peking opera.

In Shanghai, however, the drag scene is a little newer and much more transient. From our former columnist, Gwen from Tempe, to the well-known Chinese, Baixue, there are and have been loads of drag performers in our fair city practicing the high arts of tucking and glamazon eye shadow. I caught up recently with one of the town’s newest drag divas, Jolene De Palma.

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We work to show the people and lives that society tries to hide. We work with homeless people, dragqueens, elderly with Alzheimer and adolescents in poor circumstances. Martijn Crowe is an artist and professor in Anthropology. His work and art is visible at www.thefaketory.org

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