Meme Thursday: Censorship, Human Rights, And Xi Yang Yang

Trapped
Showcasing the best in Asian-related memes. Above via China Media Project: "Following a report in December 2013 by the Beijing News about poor migrants living in underground wells in the capital’s Chaoyang District because they could not afford housing there, local authorities sent teams to seal the well entrances with concrete."

Meme Thursday: Jack Ma As The Tiananmen Tank

Ma Yun and the Tiananmen tank
Showcasing the best in Asian-related memes. Sources: Global Voices (above: "The Chinese character 'Ma' [for Alibaba chairman Jack Ma] is transformed into a tank in @badiucao's political drawing"), We Know Memes, Wuluwu.

Here’s Xi Jinping And Barack Obama As Winnie The Pooh And Tigger

Winnie the Pooh Xi Jinping and Barack Obama 2
The above was posted to Sina Weibo recently and was, of course, deleted. If it doesn't seem like a picture that compares China's president to a chubby bear with a sweet tooth would be allowed to stand, it's because a picture that compares China's president to a chubby bear with a sweet tooth isn't allowed to stand, even if it's done in good fun (as the above obviously is). But as we've said before: censors don't like fun. (They prefer their jobs.)

Ye Haiyan Has Sparked China’s Latest Meme: “Principals, Spare The School Kids, Get A Hotel Room With Me Instead!”

Ye Haiyan Principals, spare the school kids, get a hotel room with me instead
A spate of stories about schoolmasters sexually abusing their pupils in China has caused public outrage, and at least one activist has done something to capture the mood. She nailed it on the head, judging by the authorities' reaction to her -- namely, beating her up. Ye Haiyan, on May 27 outside Wanning primary school in Hainan province, held a sign that read, "Principals, spare the school kids, get a hotel room with me instead!"