It seems like it’s not just the Global Times’ editors that have a surprising sense of humor. Recently appearing on the front page of China Daily was this editorial satirizing China’s food safety problems in light of Ministry warnings over radiation from the Fukushima plant.
We don’t know who Huang Xiangyang is (or whether it’s a pseudonym), but it seems like he’s written op-eds before that tend to be more of what we would expect coming from China Daily. See this piece about How Western Media’s reports on Iran are actually a destabilizing ploy by the CIA and this piece about how The West getting involved in Libya is tantamount to the strong bullying the weak.
The newest column entitled “A little food poisoning doesn’t scare us”, however, is all nudge and wink:
Authorities have ordered radiation tests on food and water, and minute traces of radiation have been detected in vegetables planted in many regions, with the latest contamination found on lettuce leaves in Jiangsu and beet leaves in Guangdong on Thursday. The radiation levels are too low to be “harmful to human health,” the Ministry of Health told us.
It seems that all of a sudden, we have become a food safety-conscious nation. But to me, such a show of care is superfluous, and even demeaning. The assuring words are not only overstating the obvious, but are tantamount to an insult to intelligence. Whoever gives such an assurance smacks of either outrageous ignorance of China’s reality or deliberate downplaying of our resilience in the face of unsafe food.
And he needs to take a catch-up course.
A people with 5,000 years of “civilization” knows no fear of food poisoning, and years of trials and tribulations have toughened our digestion system to withstand onslaughts of the most ferocious scale from the dining table.
Flip through the newspapers, and you cannot but feel overwhelmed with pride in the innovation capability displayed by our “food” producers…
“Only” six children reportedly perished after years of drinking melamine-poisoned milk, while the son of one of my American friends suffered diarrhea throughout the week he was in Beijing for no obvious reason. Maybe that is why the West is so fearful of the “China threat”. Based on the theory of survival of the fittest, they cannot outlast us, and we will defeat them in the end. [Read the rest on their site]
What publication will jump on the satirical bandwagon next? Could we look forward to a Xinhua article joking that Ai Weiwei’s “economic crime” was actually “intellectual property piracy”? Oh wait.
(h/t to NiubiCowboy)