On Saturday, novelist Han Han was inspired by the death of Huang Ju to muse about the practice of lowering flags to half-mast for national tragedies.
On his Bullog blog, the piece appeared in a second version titled “Sina administrators, is there anything wrong with this post?” His technique for masking Huang Ju’s name to avoid Sina’s censors was noted with approval in his blog’s comments.
China’s Flag Is Too Unbending – Han Han (韩寒)
Today I saw the news that system filtered words passed away, with no further comment. This led me to think of when I was in middle-school when he was a leader in Shanghai and I heard his name every day.
But this brought to mind the fact that our country only lowers flags to half-mast when national filtered words pass away. It seems that the flag is never lowered for civilian matters, no matter how big. I’ve basically never seen a flag at half-mast. One time at school the flag was raised to half mast where one of the pulleys got stuck, but that was a half-mast raising, not a half-mast lowering. [Full Text]
Thanks to Morgen Space for the link.