Cartoonist Badiucao offers a comment on Ai Weiwei’s surprise appearance on a CCTV-1 late night sketch show last week. While the appearance was brief—Ai uttered no more than three words—Badiucao sees the high-profile dissident’s image making it on to state television as akin to flipping the Party the bird. Watch Ai’s appearance here.
Finally made use of my new kitchen. We made some dumplings, they were pretty good.
Three Americans, three Slovenians, three Chinese, a Briton, a Spaniard and an Egyptian all went to a KTV and had a great time. Foreigners of Huaibei and Xuzhou unite!
I watched a show this afternoon called “Brick Bed School.” It was about a school in China giving mentally and physically handicapped children free schooling, room and board. This is a really rare thing to hear about here in China. The teachers at this school all but gave up their former lives, dedicating themselves to raising these children and working their butts off. The teachers don’t take the time to go home and see their parents, they don’t have enough money to buy new clothes and they don’t even have money to give their own children. I feel this is reflective of the problems of China’s social security system. In the course of China’s development, the government hasn’t provided proper care for handicapped people, so they don’t really have a chance to enter society—sometimes they aren’t even considered people at all. In the US, UK and other Western countries this kind of situation is practically unheard of. One could say these teachers represent hope for China, but they shouldn’t be so overworked, and their lives shouldn’t be this hard. In the end, this remains a human rights issue, as until the handicapped are recognized as people, until they have rights of their own, they will not receive the proper care they deserve.
022 County Road, Suixi, Huaibei, Anhui, China
权力的游戏，淮北版本 (Game of Thrones, Huaibei-style):
相山区：市中心，属于Bryon国王，全市守护者，和他部署 (Xiangshan District, the city center, ruled by King Bryon—protector of the city and its three districts and one county—and his bannermen).
社集区：北部，属于Pat大人，煤师院公爵，和他部署。也统治通向徐州的路 (Sheji District, in the North, ruled by Lord Pat—Lord of Huaibei Normal University—and his bannermen. Also controls the road to Xuzhou).
烈山区：东部，属于Matt大人。也统治通向淮师大新校区的路 (Lieshan District, to the East, ruled by Lord Matt. Also controls the road to the University’s New Campus).
濉溪县，南部，属于Greg大人，守夜人军团总司，和他部署 (Suixi Country, in the South, ruled by Lord Greg—Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch—and his bannermen).
Worth a watch, from Tom Wang and Sharon Lovell.