14 Online Comics Censored In China

Web comics removed by censors from China’s Weibo social network. posted on

1. An edited textbook, which briefly became a meme.

2. Mao’s portrait with an air pollution mask.

Made during the Beijing airpocalypse of Feb 2013.

4. On manufacturing consent:

By @RebelPepper, probably the most active (and oft-censored) political cartoonist on Weibo. Earlier this year, he was detained by Beijing police.

5. On censoring the source of education:

Education in China is often official described as “watering the bud of the next generation.” What happens when you censor the hose?

6. On China’s City Police

China’s urban enforcement officers (“cheng guan”) have been responsible for beating several street vendors to death over minor offenses.
By @粥长-大鹏.

7. On food safety:

Also by @粥长-大鹏.

8. Photo compilation identifying the expensive watches on the wrists of supposedly low-wage local officials.

9. On film director Zhang Yimou’s (Raise The Red Lantern, Hero) whopping $1.2 million fine for violating the one-child policy:

“Once a trophy swine gets fed enough, the official butchers come out for a feast.” By @飚哥钢笔画.

10. On the 1.5 million applicants seeking 10,000 Chinese government jobs in November 2013:

“1.5 million applicants applied for 10,000 government jobs — it’s not about work. It’s about winning the chance to take bribes.” Read about the government’s job tests in November 2013.

11. “Restoring Chinese Civilization: 62% complete… Warning: system will collapse if cancelled.”

In 2012, the Chinese Communist Party endorsed a baffling study that said China was “62% complete” with restoring its former glories as a world power. Cartoonists on Weibo were amused.

12. “Where there are CPC party members, there is calamity.”

A photoshop edit of a sort of sign common in the countryside.

13. On CCTV trying to drum up Starbuck’s latte pricing as China’s big social justice issue.

People on Weibo weren’t exactly buying that story.

14. On the biggest public trial of a Chinese official in a decade:

Who knew that a disgraced politician whose wife murdered a businessman could still be the most beloved official in China? Read about Bo Xilai’s live-tweeted public trial here.

H/T ProPublica, BlockedOnWeibo, and FreeWeibo for indexing censored Weibo content.


Translations by Kevin Tang.

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