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!

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!”

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