Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Brexit Cushion

As if Brexit wasn’t confusing enough (thanks largely to the Maybot and her staggeringly incompetent government), my local supermarket is adding to the chaos. I’ve always found Chinese students very geographically challenged. God knows what they are taught in school. I once gave some university students a blank outline map of China and asked them to mark the locations Shanghai, Xi’an, Beijing, Hong Kong and yes, Liuzhou. They hadn’t a clue.

Yesterday, in my local supermarket, I spotted this cushion, obviously designed by a Chinese high school geography teacher.

A lovely collection of typical British scenes. Just as I remember it! But hold on! Sacré bleu! Zut Alors! Qu’est-ce que c’est que ça? As we say in England.

The caption on the images reads

Paris the capital of Britain! And it looks like the school’s English teacher helped out, too. They kindly pointed out Britain’s capital, Paris is a Mecca for tourists seeking “cluture”. I’m going to have to go back and check it out!

Did I buy the cushion? At ¥11.90 how could I refuse?

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2 Responses to “Brexit Cushion”

  1. Jurriaan Meyer Says:

    What’s more, this cushion is almost subversive from the Chinese perspective: the flag held by the Beefeater is the Rising Sun Flag (旭日旗 Kyokujitsu-ki), the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army. This flag symbolizes all the suffering for Chinese, British subjects and many others during WWII…

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    It is NOT the rising sun flag! It is only vaguely similar. The rising sun flag has 16 rays, not the eight shown here). I’m sure it’s meant to be a Union Flag, albeit it monochrome. The Chinese love the UK flag as it reminds them of the Chinese character 米 mǐ, meaning ‘rice’. I see it every day, sometimes in one colour; sometimes in the normal red, white and blue..

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