A recent report from China Central Television’s Voice of China revealed that authorities in Xi’an, in China’s northwest Shaanxi province, had confiscated 200 kilograms of ginger that vendors had treated with sulfur smoke, which is believed to make the ginger more attractive to customers. Experts said the ginger was potentially harmful to humans. The local price for the harmful smoked ginger was reportedly 10 percent higher on wholesale markets than healthier unsmoked ginger. In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to QQ.com, coals of poisonous sulfur emblazoned with a skull and crossbones burn beneath a pot full of humanoid ginger roots who gag and cough in the fumes.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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