Government officials in Lushan, Jiangxi province, went on the defensive in August 2011 after internet users shared the results of local examinations for institutional units linked to the government (事业单位考试), which showed that the top exam results for five separate institutional units were by sons and daughters local Party and government cadres. The Personnel Management Office of Lushan responded by confirming the results, but insisting that they were a “coincidence.” In this cartoon, posted by artist Shang Haichuan (商海春) to his blog at, a single official job candidate (presumably the son of the official pictured) stands before an official proffering a job and giving a thumbs-up. The two are surrounded by walls of exclusion, outside of which hordes of colorless job seekers crowd, shut out.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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