Cross-Talk Comics: In This Lifetime

Cross-Talk Comics: In This Lifetime

Inspired by a People’s Daily screed on China’s rise and America’s role in staunching that rise, netizens have claimed one line in particular as their own:

…with “Internet freedom” as its slogan, they [the Americans] will attack “top down” governance in order to push forward the traditional model of liberal democracy; through the use of “rights lawyers,” underground religion, dissidents, Internet heroes, and disadvantaged social groups as the core forces, they will push for a “bottom-up” approach to Chinese governance from the grassroots to lay a foundation for changing China…


Those five nefarious character types are now known online as the “new five black categories,” echoing a parallel blacklist from the Cultural Revolution. Cross-Talk Comics takes on the new five black categories head on:















Bo Xilai’s “beat black” campaign targeted Chongqing mafia. But Bo’s tactics had a mafioso flourish.









Many Beijingers live in makeshift basement homes.








In 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said flatly, “China has no dissidents.”







The ad is for a role-playing game similar to World of Warcraft.




















































Via CDT Chinese. Translation by Josh Rudolph.


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