Street of Eternal Happiness 8.7分
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His name was Haibao, the official mascot of the 2010 world’s fair, and he was on nearly every billboard on our ride from the airport. Tens of millions of visitors from the farthest reaches of China were descending upon Shanghai to celebrate the city’s arrival on the world stage, and Haibao followed them everywhere. He waved hello from the island of the luggage carousel, the airport’s greeting hall, taxicab seatbacks, and inside subway stations. He was the twenty-first-century version of the Mao portrait that had adorned public spaces throughout Communist China decades ago: ever-present, always watching. Mao looked dignified, confident, and a little scary. Haibao’s deer-in-the-headlights gaze made him appear slightly lost and vacant.
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Hand-painted signs on the edge of my town reminded residents in bright red characters that little girls were people, too...
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Sure, Haibao’s rollicking billboard presence was more adorable than the propaganda of the ’90s, yet it was there for the same reason: to remind people of what was right and what was wrong in today’s China. Killing your baby daughter is bad. Cities are good.
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文明 littered Shanghai’s advertising space.
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China’s leaders had always been good at building walls, ...
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