The People’s Army is forever loyal to the…

“The People’s Army is forever loyal to the…”
pla billboard
“…Party.” 人民军队永远忠于

This is just outside the entrance to the Qingdao airport.

“Socialism is good”

“Socialism is good” 社会主义
“100 sons make happy the Chinese nation” 中华
Socialism is good
Courtesy of the “Qingdao City Cultural Spirit Development Committee Office” 青岛精神文明建设委员会办公室

Helen Keller’s… Chinese eyewear


Because if you place your product in close enough proximity to fake boobs an inspirational symbol, people will buy it.

Turns out there’s sort of an explanation for this, courtesy of Evan Osnos in Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China:

Reporters asked the company why it had chosen to advertise its eyeglasses with the world’s most famous blind person. The company replied that Chinese schools teach the story of Helen Keller primarily as an icon of fortitude, and sure enough, sales of the frames were brisk. Helen Keller glasses were selling under the slogan “You see the world, and the world sees you.”