Two Jokes About Current Events

Two jokes are currently circulating in Chinese cyberspace which take on current events:

The first one refers to recent tensions over the East China Sea.

[Diaoyu Islands belong to which country?] Answer: Bring a laptop computer there. If you can open Twitter, they belong to Japan. If you can’t open Twitter, they belong to China!
【钓鱼岛属于哪个国家?】答:带台电脑去钓鱼岛,如果能打开twitter就属于日本,打不开就属于中国!

The second one references a recent order that homes, temples and schools in Tibet must display portraits of China’s leaders.

Cadres went from house to house to ask: Have you hung all the leaders [portraits]? They all answer: Hung, we hung them all!*

* The word 挂 (gua) literally means to hang, but is also online slang for “dead.” So the double-entendre is: “The leaders are all dead!”
干部挨家挨户问:领导人都挂了吗?那边答:挂了,都挂了!

January 30, 2012 11:46 PM
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