As the internet (and particularly Weibo) mourns the death of Steve Jobs, so too do those in the mortal realm of flesh and bone.
We personally visited and took pictures of this memorial outside of China’s newest Apple Store on Shanghai’s Nanjing East Road around 12pm today. Simple bouquets adorned with a black-and-white picture of Jobs in his immemorial pose were flanked by security guards and velvet rope. The memorial seemed a little sparse when we were there, though it is certain to keep growing as news spreads.
Hundreds of people were in the store, and many more were outside taking pictures. We overheard hushed voices questioning, “Is he really dead?” and some spoke to the employees nearest the memorial asking for details. Some tears were shed, and others were only able to stand in disbelief.
The interior of the store was typically busy, perhaps by those determined to remember Jobs in the way he would’ve wanted — by enjoying the fruits of his years of labor, and by reigniting their passion for the technology that Jobs so loved.
Around China, other memorials have likewise popped up in Beijing and Hong Kong, and no doubt the same is true overseas, as thousands gather at the first place they think of upon hearing the troubling news to share in the collective sorrow of his passing.