Dec 6, 2007

Christmas card

I bought this Christmas card at a store in Nanluoguxiang in Beijing. The Chinese characters on the right side say "Merry Christmas". I know there's something fundamentally wrong with having Mao on a Christmas card, but it was just so inappropriate that I had to have a copy for myself.

Although it's not something I'd want to send off to bunches of friends and relatives at Christmas, I think this is a great card because you can interpret it on so many levels. I wonder what levels the designer considered when he or she made it.

Would this card be as effective the designer had instead chosen Saddam Hussein, or Stalin, or Hilter for it? I think it can only work this well with Mao as the character.


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