Drawing the News: Pollution Breeds Irreverence
This week, Weibo cartoonists tackle blight in the water, the air, and the Great Hall of the People.
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A “Huangpu River fish” mourns its own existence. More than 6,600 pig carcasses were fished out of the Huangpu this week, floating from the village of Jiaxing, Zhejiang downriver towards Shanghai. The episode spawned a grim joke: In Beijing, you can get free cigarettes just by opening a window, but in Shanghai, you can have free pork chop soup just by turning on the tap. CDT has collected more cartoons on the “hogwash” in Drawing the News: Life of Pig. (Kuang Biao)
Major restructuring of government ministries were announced this week at the ongoing “Two Sessions,” the annual convening of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). China will soon bid the Ministry of Railways good riddance. Corruption and mismanagement have plagued the ministry for years, showcased most horrifically by the 2011 Wenzhou train crash. (Deng Jiangbo)
Senior NPC delegate Shen Jilan thunders towards Zhongnanhai on her “fake happy horse” (拟幸福马 nǐ xìngfú mǎ), so named to play off the (你幸福吗 Nǐ xìngfú ma). A torch in one hand and a notorious CCTV interview question (reported here by Tea Leaf Nation), “Are you happy?” vote-yes aide in the other, she chortles, “Happiness! Hoo ha ha!” A toad-like Lei Zhengfu hops alongside the horse–he is “sex-happy” (性福 xìng fú). A leaked sex tape cost Lei his government job late last year. (Zhou Zhang-Roc)
Lei Zhengfu cast as Lei Feng, the paragon of the good Chinese communist, studying Mao’s selected works. Three films on Lei Feng’s life hit theaters this week, where they flopped– . (Sun Wen 1915 Revolution)
the New York Times reports that some screenings were completely empty
Hong Kong artist A Pink depicts Lei Feng as a captive of Chinese capitalism. “Keep your nose out of other people’s business!” barks his girlfriend. “Do you want to get into trouble?!” (A Pink)
An anonymous artist imagines how Mao handles the Beijing smog. (artist unknown)
The image went viral before the censors caught on, observes Didi Kirsten Tatlow at the International Herald Tribune.
Mao enjoys a fresher breeze. (artist unknown)
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