According to a January 2011 report on, two groups of students from Number Five Secondary School in Changde’s Taoyuan County (桃源县) were forced to wait in the snow for an hour to welcome a visiting government leader, and then had to sit on ice-cold chairs outside the school as the leader delivered a speech. Local weather information indicated that the temperature in Taoyuan that day hovered between 1 and 3 degrees Celsius. In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to, a government leader dressed in a padded winter coat speaks grandiloquently, his hand slicing through the air, as a fawning assistant holds and umbrella to protect him from the snow. Meanwhile, students bearing red wreaths of welcome stand frozen in obsequious poses..

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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