Thursday, May 1, 2008

the sky is high and the emperor is far away

Some think of China as a highly controlled society where heavy-handed government power decides what is allowed and what is prohibited. Fortunately, the truth is that the economy is so large, so diverse, that government can not keep track of the tens of thousands of small factories in the country, let alone know what they are actually doing.

A case in point: The BBC reports that a Chinese factory has been manufacturing "Free Tibet" flags. I love it. A Chinese factory is making flags for protesters whom the government is trying to suppress.

A student sent me the link to the story.


FYI: Another translation for the title of this post is "Heaven is high and the emperor is far away" (Tian Gao Huang-di Yuan). "Chinese folks use the phrase to express a kind of gleeful subversion of any authority figure" (Source: Wikipedia).

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