These signs have started popping up in the Beijing subway sometime in the last few months.
They’re my favorite. On so many levels. First of all, I love that Word Art is making a comeback. That was my jam back in middle school when I was making powerpoints about Mount Everest. But the caption is also pretty priceless.
China Dream, Subway Dream
Now I like the Chinese Dream as much as the next guy (insomuch as one can grasp a nebulous and purposely obscure concept), but this left me asking questions.
What is the link between the China dream and subway dream?
Presumably these two concepts are linked, but how. Is the subway dream a part of the China dream? Is it about mass public transportation being representative of the Chinese dream? Is it a more traditionally Confucian concept where units of self, family, and group are a representative microcosm of the state?
What is the Subway Dream?
Besides the word cloud POWER, BEIJING, HIGH-SPEED TRAIN DEVELOPMENT, CHINA, and SUBWAY.
My dreams, as one Chunjie crooner sang, are not big. I dream of a subway where I can find a seat. I dream that there’s nobody convinced that the volume of their voice directly corresponds to how successful their conversation is. I dream of a subway where I can sit down in a seat, and when I get up have my own peaceful rise.
When will China hire grown-ups to design things?