As someone who lived in mainland China for a couple years back in the 90’s, I can tell you that if there’s a word that sums up the Chinese sense of humor, its ‘macabre.’
In an interview, Beijing-based journalist Wang Xiaofeng of [blog] Massage Milk says he shut his blog down to make a point about freedom of speech — just one directed at the West instead of at Beijing. He calls the Western press “irresponsible” and says that the hoax was designed “to give foreign media a lesson that Chinese affairs are not always the way you think.”
Okay, point taken. No one ever lost money underestimating the indolence of the American media vis-a-vis international coverage. But when you’ve got the government pictured at left, the benefit of the doubt isn’t (and shouldn’t) always be so readily available.
Incidentally, for Massage Milk readers new to FishbowlLA, “fatalism” means å®¿å‘½è®º.