In case you’re wondering, we’re back in regular classes starting Monday morning at 8am. This week new associates for the NGO arrived, so Jessica helped get their apartments ready, and on Thursday I’m doing the traffic/bike riding orientation and the trip to the bike market (for those brave enough to purchase a bike after their official introduction to Tianjin’s traffic scene!). Newly arrived folks really don’t seem to like it when we tell them you’re supposed to stay laying in the road if you get hit by a car and wait for the police. Hey, we don’t make the rules!
By the way, if you haven’t noticed yet, please check out the new-and-improved photo galleries! You can scroll through now, like a slideshow. (It “should” work on whatever browser, but if you’re having problems, try using Firefox, or just click here.)
And here’s your February dose of propaganda…
Public service commercials in any nation are perfect joke fodder, and this public service commercial from Shanghai is currently attracting scorn from the foreigner blogosphere, as can be seen in the comments on Sinosplice. It’s 6 minutes of Mainlanders not being unapologetically inconsiderate to one another in public (which we’re all in support of, by the way):
The little girl at the end says: “å’Œè°åŸŽå¸‚å¿ƒçµä¹ç« ” (hÃ© xiÃ© chÃ©ng shÃ¬ xÄ«n lÃng yuÃ¨ zhÄng), which means something like, “Harmonious city, spiritual symphony” (?). “Harmonious” is a current official theme word/excuse/legitimizing concept for China’s ongoing social control measures.
Right at the beginning, when the foreigner couple poses for a photo, you can get a taste of the pollution haze in the background behind them.