Date of this Version
April 24, 2009 in the China Beat http://www.thechinabeat.org/
Last week, we ran the first part of a series of popular Chinese jokes, translated by Guo Qitao, a UCI history professor. While the earlier jokes were from the Cultural Revolution period, the two jokes presented today are more recent and address issues at the core of the Chinese people’s concerns about their nation: responsible governance, inequality, and corruption.
Jiang Zemin mounted the gate at Tiananmen Square to survey the scene. Looking south, he saw a sea of grubby officials all on the take; Looking north, eight million workers with no money to make. To the east, ships of smuggled goods were coming into port; To the west, the unwashed masses all left with no support. Looking down, Falungong was still doing its thing; Looking up, American missiles were plummeting. Behind him would-be successors were vying to be Number One; In front lay the late Chairman Mao and so he asked: “what‘s to be done?” The Chairman said: “you lie down in my place, and let me have another run.”