… And you should be, too. In fact, Shanghaiist has so much time on our hands that, despite cognizance of our own mortality, we surf places like Youtube for cheap laughs. And we’re happy to report that we’ve found some things that might be of interest to you. First there’s this video about a Shenzhen Disney factory and how they the workers there are paid miserably (33 RMB a day), are in constant danger of workplace injuries, are yelled at and insulted by their superiors, work from morning until night, and do not have normal social or family lives.
We don’t watch Youtube too often, so perhaps some of this is old hat to you folks, but we thought our discovery of this naked woman bathing in a fountain by the Bund to be marvelous. We like this video not only because of the lewd chuckles of the videomaker but also because of the woman cops smacking this woman and telling her to put on clothes faster.
But you’re upstanding citizens and probably not interested in those kinds of things, so check out this black and white newsreel footage of old Shanghai. Youtube and similar platforms have made stars out of some people, and Shanghaiist knows you’re thinking what we’re thinking — The Back Dormitory Boys (后舍男生), those two lovable Guangzhou students who ham it up in front of the webcam making parody music video to global pop hits.
Snoop around Youtube for China-related stuff and it’s just a matter of time before you find their new works. But Shanghaiist, yet again, is going to save you all that trouble, because this page has links to all their videos (none of which work for us, but the rest of the page is OK) and has plenty of information about them and links to their celebrity Sina blog. We can hear you protesting about the sheer triviality of it all, but heck, what can we say? Shanghaiist wants it that-a-way.
(Somewhat related: A Shanghaiist reader sent us a link to this photo of two girls making out underneath Mao’s gaze in Tiananmen Square. It seem like the photo is old — from 2002 — but the expressions on the faces of the military guards looking on are timeless. Thanks Joon!)
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