July 8 – July 14
To watch now, if you haven’t already: Beijing State of Mind. Best hoax ever: KTVU and NTSB thought fake, racist names were actually the pilots of Asiana 214. Tsinghua University’s famous scholarly cat was scalded to death, which is terrible.
Shanghai airport flights were cancelled, so fights broke out — involving China Eastern, of course. A girl caused a ruckus in the Beijing subway when she refused to put her expensive bag through security check. A Korean news presenter caused controversy when he said it was a “relief” that the victims of Asiana 214 weren’t Korean.
The Chinese embassy in Washington DC was tagged “demolish” on the day the Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue began. You can pay someone to visit your parents, because of course you can. Evan Osnos has left China.
Bruce Lee was reincarnated for a Johnnie Blue commercial. Stop giving Jiaku the gorilla cigarettes, please. Sun Yat-sen’s wife’s statue has mysteriously disappeared from Zhengzhou, Henan. And here’s an astonishing wax statue of Kim Jong-il.
Comment of the Week:
Brendan on Other China-Related “Empire State Of Mind” Parodies You Might Enjoy:
Whatever happens, Ai Weiwei must never be told that there’s a meme out there he hasn’t milked for attention.